Accession Number : ADA335281

Title :   Suicide in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1990-1996

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 90-96

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Hourant, L. L. ; Warrack, A. G. ; Coben, P. A.

PDF Url : ADA335281

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Epidemiological studies of suicide in the military have not controlled for the higher suicide rates of the unemployed expected in comparative national populations. This study compared adjusted, observed, and expected suicide rates among U.S. Marine Corps personnel during 1990 to 1996 with those estimated for the employed general population. Standardized mortality ratios identified demographic groups with higher than expected numbers of suicides. The scan statistic and the Knox technique were used to evaluate potential suicide cluster patterns. Overall suicides (n=213) were fewer than the expected number (n=225). Hispanic and other ethnic group males and women Marines had greater than expected numbers. Evidence for suicide clustering effects was equivocal.

Descriptors :   *GROUP DYNAMICS, *MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, *MORTALITY RATE, COMPARISON, STATISTICAL DATA, DEMOGRAPHY, ACTIVE DUTY, DEATH.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE