Suicidality in Australian Vietnam veterans and their partners

O'Toole, Brian I, Orreal-Scarborough, Tammy, Johnston, Deborah, Catts, Stanley V and Outram, Sue (2015) Suicidality in Australian Vietnam veterans and their partners. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 65 30-36. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.02.003

Author O'Toole, Brian I
Orreal-Scarborough, Tammy
Johnston, Deborah
Catts, Stanley V
Outram, Sue
Title Suicidality in Australian Vietnam veterans and their partners
Journal name Journal of Psychiatric Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1379
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.02.003
Volume 65
Start page 30
End page 36
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press (Elsevier Science)
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Lifetime suicidality was assessed in a cohort of 448 ageing Australian Vietnam veterans and 237 female partners during in-person structured psychiatric interviews that permitted direct comparison with age-sex matched Australian population statistics. Relative risks for suicidal ideation, planning and attempts were 7.9, 9.7 and 13.8 times higher for veterans compared with the Australian population and for partners were 6.2, 3.5 and 6.0 times higher. Odds ratios between psychiatric diagnoses and suicidality were computed using multivariate logistic regression, and suicidality severity scores were assigned from ideation, planning and attempt, and analysed using ordinal regression. PTSD, depression alcohol disorders, phobia and agoraphobia were prominent predictors of ideation, attempts and suicidal severity among veterans, while depression, PTSD, social phobia and panic disorder were prominent predictors among partners. For veterans and their partners, PTSD is a risk factor for suicidality even in the presence of other psychiatric disorders, and is stronger in Vietnam veterans than their partners.
Keyword Suicide
Vietnam veterans
Female partners
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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