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Accession Number ADA582920
Title Human Systems Integration Analysis of the Army Suicide Prevention Program.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 153p
Personal Author B. R. Bell
Abstract A Human Systems Integration (HSI) analysis of the Army Suicide Prevention Program (ASPP) was conducted to gain feedback from soldiers and leaders. The scope of the study limited analysis to the prevention activities associated with the ASPP system. A retrospective analysis of Army suicide statistics from 2008-2011 was conducted prior to data collection. During 24 in- person interviews, soldiers assessed the importance of four user needs, the usefulness of the program's system interfaces, and the overall effectiveness of the program. The results showed that there were mismatches between the needs of the users and the program's resources. For example, the stigma associated with seeking help was found to decrease soldiers' use of the program's resources. The system mismatches were translated into four system gaps and eight recommendations. The diversity and feedback of the participants was noteworthy and provided vital insights into the suicide issue within the military, and the Army's efforts to address the problem. Recommendations for future research include poor sleep quality as a risk factor for suicide, self-awareness as a protective factor for suicide, evidence-based approaches to care, and leveraging lessons learned from college-based suicide prevention programs.
Keywords Alcohol consumption
Army personnel
Army resilience program
Army suicide prevention program
Army training
Combat stress
Comprehensive soldier fitness
Drug abuse
Family members
Gender differences
Human systems integration analysis
Measures of effectiveness
Mental health
Post traumatic stress disorder
Rank differences
Risk factors
Suicide prevention research
Suicide prevention training
Suicide rate
Suicide risk reduction
User needs
Veterans(Military personnel)
Wounded warrior program

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Dept. of Operations Research.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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