Understanding Suicidal Behavior in the Military

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Suicide in the military is a significant concern. The authors review empirical studies and use two case studies to illustrate the potential explanatory role of Joiner's (2005) interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior that three variables - perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and acquired capability for suicide - determine the risk of an individual engaging in a lethal suicide attempt. The case studies provide a framework within which to understand the phenomenon of suicide in the military and illustrate how the three variables might be affected in an active duty population post-deployment.

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.

Syllabus

  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Case Study #1
  • Part 3: Case Study #2
  • Part 4: Discussion
  • Part 5: References
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Author Bio

Michael D. Anestis and Thomas E. Joiner are affiliated with Florida State University. Craig J. Bryan and Michelle M. Cornette are affiliated with Wilford Hall Medical Center; Dr. Cornette is also affiliated with the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Thomas E. Joiner, Florida State University, Department of Psychology, 1107 W. Call St., Tallahassee, FL, 32306-4301.

Source: Journal of Mental Health Counseling
Volume 31/Number 1/January 2009
Used with permission of AMHCA

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Explain Joiner's interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior.
  • Apply Joiner's theory in assessing and treating military personnel.

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