Demographic and suicide attempt information for 83 Navy seaman, 60 Marines and 66 female dependents, referred to psychiatry at San Diego Naval Hospital for suicide attempts were studied. The servicemen were occupationally followed up after hospital referral. Dangerous attempts were associated with more severe psychiatric problems for Navy men. Marines made serious attempts when alone. Dependents had broad histories of acting out and previous psychiatric contact. Men were returned to duty for occupational continuance if the attempt was not seen as dangerous, if other problems were minimal, and if an acting out history was not indicated. Occupational outcomes were at least as good for men who had attempted suicide as for parallel diagnostic groups.
Pub. in Military Medicine, v140 n4 p263-267 Apr 1975.