United States Special Operations Command

Reducing risk by fostering resiliency

Authored by: Lori Holleran , Kate Maslowski , Harry L. McCleary , Captain Gordon Hanson , Captain Thomas Chaby , Karen J. Friday , Bruce Bongar

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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Throughout the past decade, the prevalence of suicide fatalities among special operators and general military populations has exceeded rates observed during the 1900s, suggesting a modern epidemic of soldiers taking their own lives (Nock et al., 2013). Suicide rates among military service members have historically been lower than those witnessed amongst their civilian counterparts. However, between 2005 and 2008, suicide fatalities within the Army nearly doubled and surpassed the civilian population rates for the first time in history (Black, Gallaway, Bell, & Ritchie, 2011).

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