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Deployment, Mental Health Problems, Suicidality, and Use of Mental Health Services Among Military Personnel.

Title: Deployment, Mental Health Problems, Suicidality, and Use of Mental Health Services Among Military Personnel.
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Name(s): Chu, Carol, author
Stanley, Ian H, author
Hom, Melanie A, author
Lim, Ingrid C, author
Joiner, Thomas E, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
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Date Issued: 2016-01-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Following deployment, soldiers may struggle to cope with the after-effects of combat service and experience increased suicidality. Therefore, connection to mental health services is vital. Research regarding the relationship between deployment, suicidality, and mental health connections has been equivocal, with some studies finding a link between deployment history and mental health outcomes, and others not. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of military deployment on mental health and service utilization outcomes using a longitudinal design. Deployment history, mental health visits, symptoms of suicidality, and various mental health outcomes were assessed in a sample of 1,566 Army recruiters at study entry and 18-months follow-up. Deployment history was positively associated with mental health visits, number of major depressive episodes, and acquired capability for suicide at baseline; however, no significant relationship between deployment, mental health visits, and any other suicide or mental health-related outcomes emerged at baseline or follow-up. Findings suggest a disconnection from mental health services among military personnel. Implications for treatment and suicide prevention efforts among military personnel are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_28959502 (IID), 10.1080/21635781.2016.1153533 (DOI), PMC5613946 (PMCID), 28959502 (RID), 28959502 (EID)
Keywords: Acquired capability for suicide, Health service use, Major depressive episodes, Mental health disorders, Military, Military deployment, Suicidal ideation, Suicide
Grant Number: T32 MH093311
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5613946.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_28959502
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Military behavioral health.
2163-5781
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 4

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Chu, C., Stanley, I. H., Hom, M. A., Lim, I. C., & Joiner, T. E. (2016). Deployment, Mental Health Problems, Suicidality, and Use of Mental Health Services Among Military Personnel. Military Behavioral Health. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_28959502