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Proximity to the Post 9/11 Terrorist Attack and Suicide Ideation in Police Officers


Violanti, JM and Castellano, C and O'Rourke, J and Paton, D, Proximity to the Post 9/11 Terrorist Attack and Suicide Ideation in Police Officers, Traumatology, 12, (3) pp. 248-254. ISSN 1534-7656 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1534765606296533


Exposure to traumatic incidents including natural and human-initiated disasters may be an important precipitant for suicide. This article explores suicide ideation in police officers, a reportedly high suicide risk group, who worked in the proximity of the September 11, 2001 (9/11), World Trade Center terrorist attack. Data were obtained for a period of 4 years (2001-2004) from Cop 2 Cop, a statewide New Jersey confidential phone hotline provided exclusively for police officers and their families. Results suggested that calls related to suicide ideation increased from pre-9/11 through 3 years post-9/11 and that the risk for urgent care suicide calls post-9/11 increased 1.65 times (95% confidence interval = 0.54-5.04) more quickly over time when compared to pre-9/11 urgent calls. Qualitative as well as descriptive statistical data are presented on suicide ideation and the impact of 9/11 on the personal and occupational lives of officers who called. © 2006 Sage Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:42812
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-12-18

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