APA: Suicidal Thoughts Common Among U.S. Student Veterans

Nearly half the student veterans thought about suicide, with 20 percent having a suicide plan

THURSDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Psychological symptoms are common among U.S. military veterans who are college students, with almost 35 percent suffering from severe anxiety, and almost 46 percent thinking about suicide, according to a study presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, held from Aug. 4 to 7 in Washington, D.C.

M. David Rudd, Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues investigated the psychological symptoms, their severity, and suicide risk in 628 U.S. student veterans. Data were collected for demographic details, college experience, military service history, and psychological problems. It was hypothesized that the veterans would experience similar rates, severity, and types of problems as experienced by active duty service members and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom veteran populations.

The investigators found that almost 46 percent of the students experienced symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, almost 35 percent suffered severe anxiety, and 24 percent had severe depression. A considerable number of participants (46 percent) thought about suicide. A total of 20 percent of participants had a suicide plan, 10.4 percent thought about suicide often or very often, 3.8 percent believed that suicide attempt was likely or very likely, and 7.7 percent made a suicide attempt.

"Available data indicate a significant problem among student veterans, consistent with that experienced by the broader veteran population," the authors write.

Press Release
More Information

Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles

What internal motivators drive RNs to pursue a BSN?
Nursing2014 , October 2014
Free access will expire on November 24, 2014.


Breast Cancer Risk Assessment in Primary Care
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, September/October 2014
Free access will expire on November 10, 2014.


Nurses spurring innovation
Nursing Management, October 2014
Free access will expire on November 10, 2014.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events