Linking work and domestic problems with police suicide

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1994 Fall;24(3):267-74.


We reviewed the records of 134 police officers who had undergone their first fitness-for-duty evaluation at our center. Fifty-five percent admitted to previous suicide attempts. We examined possible contributing factors. A logistic regression model correctly classified 79.1% of subjects as to whether or not they attempted suicide. Results indicated that officers reporting marital problems were 4.8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, and 6.7 times more likely if they had been suspended. Interestingly, complaints of being administratively harassed were associated with a lower likelihood that an officer would attempt suicide. Variance explained due to age, race, gender, and substance use was nonsignificant.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Employee Discipline
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology*
  • Personality Assessment
  • Police*
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Work Capacity Evaluation