Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools

Tamika D. Gilreath, Stephani L. Wrabel, Kathrine S. Sullivan, Gordon P. Capp, Ilan Roziner, Rami Benbenishty, Ron A. Astor

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    Previous research indicates that suicidal ideation is higher among military-connected youth than non military-connected youth. This study extends prior work by examining suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts in military-connected and non military-connected adolescents. Data were gathered from 390,028 9th and 11th grade students who completed the 2012–2013 California Healthy Kids Survey. Bivariate comparisons and multivariate logistic analyses were conducted to examine differences in suicidal ideation, plans, attempts, and attempts requiring medical attention between military and not military-connected youth. In multivariate logistic analyses, military-connected youth were at increased risk for suicidal ideation (OR = 1.43, 95 % CI = 1.37–1.49), making a plan to harm themselves (OR = 1.19, CI = 1.06–1.34), attempting suicide (OR = 1.67, CI = 1.43–1.95), and an attempted suicide which required medical treatment (OR = 1.71, CI = 1.34–2.16). These results indicate that military-connected youth statewide are at a higher risk for suicidal ideation, plans, attempts, and attempts requiring medical care because of suicidal behaviors. It is suggested that policies be implemented to increase awareness and screening among primary care providers, school personnel, and military organizations that serve military-connected youth.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)61-66
    Number of pages6
    JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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    Suicidal Ideation
    Multivariate Analysis
    Attempted Suicide
    Military Personnel
    Suicide
    Primary Health Care
    Organizations
    Students
    Research

    Keywords

    • Adolescents
    • Mental health
    • Military
    • Suicidality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Gilreath, T. D., Wrabel, S. L., Sullivan, K. S., Capp, G. P., Roziner, I., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (2016). Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(1), 61-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-015-0696-2

    Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools. / Gilreath, Tamika D.; Wrabel, Stephani L.; Sullivan, Kathrine S.; Capp, Gordon P.; Roziner, Ilan; Benbenishty, Rami; Astor, Ron A.

    In: European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 61-66.

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    Gilreath, TD, Wrabel, SL, Sullivan, KS, Capp, GP, Roziner, I, Benbenishty, R & Astor, RA 2016, 'Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools', European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 61-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-015-0696-2
    Gilreath TD, Wrabel SL, Sullivan KS, Capp GP, Roziner I, Benbenishty R et al. Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016 Jan 1;25(1):61-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-015-0696-2
    Gilreath, Tamika D. ; Wrabel, Stephani L. ; Sullivan, Kathrine S. ; Capp, Gordon P. ; Roziner, Ilan ; Benbenishty, Rami ; Astor, Ron A. / Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools. In: European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 61-66.
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