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Suicide in The United States Military and Other Nations’ Militaries: A Comparison

29 July 2011


The completion of suicide is permanent and tragic with long term repercussions affecting everyone who knew the victim. Suicidal ideations and behaviors can occur across all genders, ages, ethnicities, and nationalities. A recent increase in the suicide rates of active duty United States military personnel has raised alarm. A comprehensive review of the literature published between 1990 to present was conducted and a comparison of the United States military and other nations’ militaries was done in three main areas: suicide rates, risk and resiliency factors, and suicide prevention protocols. An evaluation of these three areas across militaries has provided a multicultural discussion on the topic of suicide and prevention among military populations. Future research implications are also discussed.


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