Understanding the Elevated Suicide Risk of Female Soldiers During Deployments

TitleUnderstanding the Elevated Suicide Risk of Female Soldiers During Deployments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsStreet, A. E., S. E. Gilman, A. J. Rosellini, M. B. Stein, E. J. Bromet, K. L. Cox, L. J. Colpe, C. S. Fullerton, M. J. Gruber, S. G. Heeringa, L. Lewandowski-Romps, R. J. A. Little, J. A. Naifeh, M. K. Nock, N. A. Sampson, M. Schoenbaum, R. J. Ursano, A. M. Zaslavsky, and R. C. Kessler
JournalPsychological Medicine
Date Published03/2015

The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) has found that the proportional elevation in the US Army enlisted soldier suicide rate during deployment (compared with the never-deployed or previously deployed) is significantly higher among women than men, raising the possibility of gender differences in the adverse psychological effects of deployment. The results of this study are valuable in excluding otherwise plausible hypotheses for the elevated suicide rate of deployed women and point to the importance of expanding future research on the psychological challenges of deployment for women.

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