The role of value importance and success in understanding suicidal ideation among Veterans

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Behraini, N. H., Devore, M. D., Monteith, L. L., Forster, J. E., Bensen, S. & Brenner, L. A. (2013). The role of value importance and success in understanding suicidal ideation among Veterans. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2, 31-38.

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ACT: Empirical
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Article
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English
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Recent studies highlight the need for increased understanding of risk and protective factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Veterans. Although personal values have been studied in regard to psychological well-being, the degree to which suicidal ideation relates to difficulties successfully living according to one's values or identifying values that are important has yet to be examined in civilian or Veteran populations. One hundred and twenty-two Veterans at an urban medical center completed the Survey of Life Principles (SLP; Ciarrochi &Bailey, 2008), a measure of personal values across several life domains, and the Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation(BSS; Beck & Steer,1993). Electronic medical records were reviewed to obtain medical histories. As hypothesized, both the ability to identify values and engage in behavior consistent with values were associated with decreased odds of reporting suicidal ideation, controlling for past suicidal behavior, history of mental health treatment, and psychiatric co-morbidity. Findings suggest that the role of different value dimensions as potential protective factors for suicidal ideation in the Veteran population may warrant further exploration.

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