One-year prevalences of self-reported noteworthy suicidal ideation and nonfatal suicide attempts were assessed in a large sample of U.S. Air Force active duty members (N = 52,780). Participants completed the 2006 Community Assessment, which was conducted online. Over 3% of male and 5.5% of female participants reported having experienced noteworthy suicidal ideation during the previous year, and 8.7% of those with ideation reported a recent suicide attempt. Demographic factors predicting significantly increased risk for suicidal ideation included female gender, low rank, and non-Christian religious affiliation; unmarried men were also at increased risk. Groups that were at increased risk for nonfatal suicide attempts included low-ranking men and Hispanic women. Implications for prevention efforts are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health