Title

Examining the Relationship Between Coping Strategies and Suicidal Desire In a Sample of United States Military Personnel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2015

School

Psychology

Abstract

Suicidal desire in the military has been previously examined through the lens of the Interpersonal–Psychological Theory of Suicide (IPTS). However, no research has examined the impact of specific coping strategies on perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and suicidal ideation in a large population of individuals serving in the US military. Furthermore, the factor structure of previously utilized coping clusters did not apply to our sample of military personnel. Therefore, we found a three-factor solution to be tested in this sample. We hypothesized that specific types of coping behavior clusters (Adaptive and Maladaptive) would predict both IPTS constructs and suicidal ideation. Results indicated that Adaptive and Maladaptive coping clusters predicted the IPTS constructs in the hypothesized directions. However, only the Maladaptive cluster predicted suicidal ideation. These findings implicate the need for further research and suicide prevention efforts focusing on coping strategies, specifically those that are maladaptive in nature, in relation to suicidal ideation in military members.

Publication Title

Comprehensive Psychiatry

Volume

57

First Page

2

Last Page

9

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