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Behavioral health force protection: optimizing injury prevention by identifying shared risk factors for suicide, unintentional injury, and violence.
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PMID:  12448624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Suicide, violence, and unintentional injury have many risk factors in common, such as stress, emotional illness, and substance abuse, among others. Unfortunately, commanders and supervisors may be inadvertently overlooking behavioral risks military personnel engage in. Behavioral health force protection is defined as guarding military personnel from injury comprehensively by identifying shared risk factors and implementing protective factors. This approach broadens the arena of preventive health by addressing unintentional injuries, which may be overlooked as preventable. This paper highlights the relevance of clinicians, commanders, and supervisors being attentive to shared risk factors in the etiology of injury along a continuum encompassing suicide, unintentional injury, and violence. Leadership responsibility is discussed in the context of a military community network that provides a framework of support from both within the unit and external helping agencies as well.
John B Stea; Michael A Anderson; Jeffrey M Bishop; Linda J Griffith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  167     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2002 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-22     Completed Date:  2002-12-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  944-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Preventive Life Skills Support Element, Wright Patterson Medical Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH 45433, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Military Medicine*
Military Personnel*
Models, Theoretical
Risk Factors
Suicide / prevention & control*
Violence / prevention & control*
Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*

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