School of Nursing
L. Kathleen Sekula
Thomas Joiner, Jr.
Purple Heart, Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, Military, Veterans, Traumatic Brain Injury, Suicidal Behaviors
Military suicide rates remain high, despite years of targeted efforts to prevent suicide. Specifically, Army Combat Veterans who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism are at the highest risk for suicide. This dissertation highlights possible causes for suicidal behaviors within this unique group and provides specific military suicide prevention recommendations. The dissertation is organized into three publishable manuscripts: The first manuscript (Chapter 1) is a mixed-methods dissertation research proposal written according to the National Institute of Health proposal guidelines. The second manuscript (Chapter 2) is an integrative review of the literature (under review by an academic journal) identifying what is known about suicidal behaviors among Post-9/11 Combat Veterans through the lens of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. The third manuscript (Chapter 3) reports the results of the mixed methods study (under review by an academic journal). To our knowledge, this study is the first to identify the values, beliefs, and meaning of the Purple Heart among Post-9/11 Army Combat Veterans with a TBI and examine the relationship between not receiving the Purple Heart and suicidal behaviors. This manuscript also identifies specific, actionable policy changes that may prevent suicidal behaviors among Post-9/11 U.S Army Combat Veterans with a TBI.
Moceri-Brooks, J. (2022). The Purple Heart and Suicidal Behaviors in Post-9/11 U.S. Army Combat Veterans with a Traumatic Brain Injury: A Mixed Methods Study (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2186
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