Deployment Factors Are Not Related to Rise in Military Suicides, Study Finds – NYTimes.com

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/us/deployment-factors-found-not-related-to-military-suicide-spike.html?encoded=eGeHCnjYsmCjsbbbCidyozCicNoJlv&

I question the accuracy of this study and agree with the following excerpt from this New York Times article today:

Critics of the study said that because its analysis ended with data from 2008, it might underestimate the impact of multiple deployments and traumatic brain injuries caused by roadside bombs.“Why would the authors repeatedly insist that there is no association between combat and suicide?” asked Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis, a psychiatrist and a retired Army brigadier general. “The careful analysis of bad data generates poor evidence.”

The study appears to shift “blame” for suicides onto the men and women who are serving our country. Doesn’t this equate blaming the victim? Members of our military are not robots; they’re human beings, responding to crisis as any human would do.

 

 

2 comments

  1. I hit “like” only to say the government needs to do MUCH more for our returning vets, period. I am not a psychologist by any means but two life long friends became Marines. After two tours in Afghanistan, one Marine took his life. He had shown all the symptoms but there wasn’t any substantive care provided by the government. We simply need to do more.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friends. And you are oh so right, the government needs to do more. I don’t think it takes professional psychology training to understand that, either. Thank you for your comment and I wish you all the best.

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