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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Suicide Attempt History among Veterans Receiving Mental Health Services
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2011
© 2011 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 416–423, August 2011
How to Cite
Brenner, . L. A., Betthauser, . L. M., Homaifar, . B. Y., Villarreal, E., Harwood, . J. E.F., Staves, . P. J. and Huggins, . J. A. (2011), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Suicide Attempt History among Veterans Receiving Mental Health Services. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 41: 416–423. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00041.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Received: June 16, 2010 Revision Accepted: October 1, 2010
History of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been found to increase risk of suicidal behavior. The association between suicide attempt history among veterans with PTSD and/or TBI was explored. Cases (N = 81) and 2:1 matched controls (N = 160) were randomly selected from a Veterans Affairs Medical Center clinical database. PTSD history was associated with an increased risk for a suicide attempt (OR = 2.8; 95% CI: 1.5, 5.1). This increased risk was present for those with and without a history of TBI. Results support incorporating PTSD history when assessing suicide risk among veterans with and without TBI.