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Religious Coping and Suicide Risk in a Sample of Recently Returned Veterans.

Kopacz MS, Crean HF, L Park C, Hoff RA. Religious Coping and Suicide Risk in a Sample of Recently Returned Veterans. Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research. 2018 Feb 15; 22(4):615-627.

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The aim of the present study is to examine religious coping and depression as predictors of suicide risk in a large U.S. veteran sample from recent conflicts. Demographic, military history, depressive symptomatology, positive and negative religious coping and self-reported suicidal behavior were analyzed in a sample of 772 recently returned veterans. Suicide risk was computed as a continuum of risk across 4 separate categories. Negative religious coping was significantly associated with suicide risk, even after statistically controlling for depressive symptomatology and other variables. The present analysis did not find any significant relationships for positive religious coping. No significant gender interaction effects were found. The present findings support the importance of understanding veteran experiences of religious coping, particularly negative religious coping, in the context of suicide prevention efforts.

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