Profiles of Risk for Suicidal Behavior in Past and Current United States Military Personnel: Latent Profile Analysis of Current Risk Factors
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology
Latent profile analysis, Suicidal behavior, Suicidal ideation, Suicide risk factors
Person-centered approaches are underutilized to identify people with shared risk profiles. In this study, an at-risk sample of 773 past/current military personnel (Mage = 31.3 years, SD = 6.8) with current ideation (90.6%) and/or a prior suicide attempt (43.9%) were assessed using latent profile analysis. Variables included prior suicide attempts, suicidal ideation, alcohol/drug use, insomnia, depression, belongingness, burdensomeness, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Three classes emerged: Low Symptoms (N = 502), Elevated Suicidality (N = 176), and Elevated Substance Use (N = 95). At 1-month follow-up, the Elevated Suicidality and Elevated Substance Use classes had the highest odds of suicidal behavior. The finding concerning the Elevated Substance Use class suggests it may represent a distinct short-term risk group in military personnel.
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Allan, N. P., Holm-Denoma, J., Conner, K. R., Zuromski, K. L., Saulnier, K. G., & Stecker, T. (2020). Profiles of Risk for Suicidal Behavior in Past and Current United States Military Personnel: Latent Profile Analysis of Current Risk Factors. Archives of Suicide Research, 24(1), 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506843.