ERIC Number: EJ744564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
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Suicide in Peacekeepers: Risk Factors for Suicide versus Accidental Death
Thoresen, Siri; Mehlum, Lars
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v36 n4 p432-442 Aug 2006
To investigate risk factors for suicide in veterans of peacekeeping, 43 suicides and 41 fatal accidents in Norwegian peacekeepers (1978 to 1995) were compared in a psychological autopsy study. Mental health problems were the most important risk factor for suicide. Both living alone and the break-up of a love relationship contributed uniquely to suicide risk, even when controlling for mental health problems. No peacekeeping-related factor was associated with suicide. Preventive measures should focus on firearms control, improved detection systems for mental health problems in the military, and peer support through veterans' associations.
Descriptors: Suicide, Death, Comparative Analysis, Psychological Studies, Mental Health, Prevention, Gun Control, At Risk Persons, Human Relations, Psychological Patterns, Mental Disorders, World Problems, Peace, Military Personnel
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Norway