Combat do not Influence Suicide Rate, finds Military Study
It has often been said that war has many negative effects on U. S. troops and veterans. These claims have been challenged by a military study.
The study has found that wars do not affect the suicide rate among U. S. troops and veterans. "The findings from this study are not consistent with the assumption that specific deployment-related characteristics, such as length of deployment, number of deployments, or combat experiences, are directly associated", said study researchers.
Lead researcher Cynthia LeardMann from the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego was of the view that it is one a kind study as it has focused on entire military population.
The study, which has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has been based on the assessment of more than 145,000 people. All these people were from different branches like retirees and active-duty service members, among others.
These people were followed between 2001 and 2008. The period is the same time when the US has announced war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
David Rudd, Scientific Director for National Center for Veterans Studies, said that the study has not explained that whether the lifelong exposure will increase the suicide risk or not.
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