Nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The present study examined the association between history of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and history of suicide attempts (SA) among 292 Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, half of whom carried a lifetime diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Consistent with hypotheses, veterans who reported a history of NSSI were significantly more likely to report a history of SA than veterans without a history of NSSI. In addition, logistic regression demonstrated that NSSI remained a significant predictor of SA even after a wide range of covariates (i.e., combat exposure, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, depression, alcohol dependence) were considered. Taken together, these findings suggest that clinicians working with veterans should include NSSI history as part of their standard risk assessment battery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kimbrel, NA; DeBeer, BB; Meyer, EC; Gulliver, SB; Morissette, SB

Published Date

  • September 30, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 243 /

Start / End Page

  • 232 - 237

PubMed ID

  • 27419652

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5560029

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-7123

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.06.039


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland