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Accession Number ADA583999
Title Association between Suicide and OIF/OEF Deployment History.
Publication Date Oct 2013
Media Count 8p
Personal Author D. Luxton G. Gahm M. Reger N. Bush N. Skopp
Abstract One of the most important questions in military suicide research at this time is whether deployment in support of Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) is associated with an increased risk of suicide. The equivocal research conducted to date on this topic creates a confusing picture for military senior leaders and the American public. The Report of the Blue Ribbon Workgroup on Suicide Prevention in the Veteran Population (Peake, 2008) reviewed this body of literature and concluded that significant limitations and biases in many of the epidemiological approaches conducted to date contribute to the current confusion. The funded study is specifically designed to address many of the recommendations of that report in order to generate seminal results that will fill what is arguably the most important gap in the epidemiological study of military suicide. This collaborative DoD-VA study will utilize multiple enterprise level databases to determine whether a history of deployment in support of OIF/OEF is a risk factor for suicide. In addition, the proposed study will examine the suicide rates of post-deployed National Guard members and Reservists to determine whether these cohorts are at increased risk of suicide. Furthermore, it will examine rates of deaths of undetermined intent in military and civilian populations to determine whether potential misclassifications of deaths may confound military and civilian comparisons of suicide rates. In examining these suicide rates, the funded study will also specifically account for the potential confounding effect of service members who have not completed a full term of service (e.g., because of misconduct, substance abuse, etc.) and thus may be more likely to have risk factors for suicide.
Keywords Afghanistan conflict
Civilian population
Data bases
Drug abuse
Iraqi war
Military commanders
Military personnel
Military reserves
National guard
Operation enduring freedom (Oef)
Operation iraqi freedom (Oif)
Veterans(Military personnel)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
92C - Social Concerns
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author The Geneva Foundation, Tacoma, WA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. 23 Jul 2009-22 Jul 2013.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number W81XWH-09-1-0540

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