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Mil Med. 2007 Mar;172(3):278-82.

Suicide rate among former Swedish peacekeeping personnel.

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Department of Neuroscience/Psychiatry, Uppsala University, Emmy Rappes väg 10, SE-750 17 Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstract

Increased suicide rates for military personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders have been reported in various countries. Although it is known that some peacekeepers are exposed to potentially traumatic events and are thus at risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress reactions, only a few studies have examined suicide rates in this group. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the suicide rate among former Swedish peacekeeping personnel. We compared 39,768 former Swedish peacekeepers to the general population in the National General Population Registry and the Cause-of-Death Registry. A lower number of suicides was found among former Swedish peacekeepers than in the general population. In conclusion, Swedish personnel serving in international peace-keeping operations do not show a higher suicide rate than the general population. Unique problems associated with this research area are discussed.

PMID:
17436772
DOI:
10.7205/milmed.172.3.278
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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