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Suicide rate among former Swedish peacekeeping personnel
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2007 (English)In: Military medicine, ISSN 0026-4075, Vol. 172, no 3, 278-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 peacekeeping operations do not show a higher suicide rate than the general population. Unique problems associated with this research area are discussed.

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2007. Vol. 172, no 3, 278-282 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3036ISI: 000244909000011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-3036DiVA: diva2:578572
Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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