Parasuicidal behavior on an active duty army training post

Mil Med. 1992 Jul;157(7):350-3.


The incidence of suicidal behavior among active duty Army personnel at a training post has not been the subject of analysis since the advent of the all-volunteer military. A review of admissions over 16 consecutive months showed most of the behaviors to be parasuicidal, with low levels of lethality and high rescuability. Compared to previously published studies, the characteristics of these soldiers are little changed over the past 25 years. This report suggests a standard method for handling suicidal behavior which includes an active role for psychiatric consultation to units and commanders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Adjustment Disorders / prevention & control
  • Adjustment Disorders / psychology
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Military
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Military Personnel*
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States