Study of Predictors of Suicidal Behaviour in Bundeswehr Soldiers Receiving Inpatient Care
BUNDESWEHR HOSPITAL HAMBURG (GERMANY)
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Background In light of increasing stress resulting from deployment abroad, one of the psychologic consequences to be expected is an increase in suicidal behaviour among soldiers. Material and Methods 200 soldiers receiving psychiatric inpatient care in a Bundeswehr hospital, of whom n100 exhibiting and n100 not exhibiting control group suicidal tendency, were compared in terms of sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. Results Significant predictors of suicidal ideation were alcohol abuse within the immediate family and pathologically high scores in the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory MMPI. Significant predictors of suicidal acts were pathologic scores in MMPI, an unfinished vocational training, suicide attempts within the family as well as the situation of basic military training. Conclusion The data gathered in this pilot study indicates an influence of individual and military risk factors in the development of suicidality in Bundeswehr soldiers.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations