Center on the Developing Child

Suicidal Tendencies Are Evident Before Deployment, Study Finds

A study by academic, government, and military researchers, including Center-affiliated faculty member Matthew K. Nock, addresses the troubling suicide rate among members of the U.S. Army. The findings reveal that enlisted men and women exhibit more impulsive anger than their civilian counterparts, increasing the likelihood that soldiers will act on suicidal urges. Nock is a professor in the Department of Psychology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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