Is Cumulative Exposure to Suicide Attempts and Deaths a Risk Factor for Suicidal Behavior Among Firefighters? A Preliminary Study.


Journal Article

The association between cumulative exposure to suicide attempts and deaths and suicidal behavior was examined in a sample of 61 professional firefighters. On average, firefighters reported 13.1 (SD = 16.6) exposures over the course of their lifetime. Cumulative exposure to suicide attempts and deaths was positively correlated with suicidal behavior (r = .38, p = .004). Moreover, firefighters with 12+ exposures were more likely to screen positive for risk of suicidal behavior (OR = 7.885, p = .02). Additional research on the potential impact of cumulative exposure to suicide attempts and deaths on firefighters' health and safety is needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kimbrel, NA; Pennington, ML; Cammarata, CM; Leto, F; Ostiguy, WJ; Gulliver, SB

Published Date

  • December 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 669 - 677

PubMed ID

  • 27371810

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27371810

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-278X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/sltb.12248


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England