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Author Ramchand, Rajeev, author.

Title Can access to data prevent Army suicides? : identifying optimal response strategies for Army leaders / Rajeev Ramchand and Theresa F. Kelly.

Publication Info. [Santa Monica, California] : Rand Corporation, [2016]


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (15 pages) : color illustrations, charts.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Research report ; RR-1006-A
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1006-A.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Over the past decade, the U.S. Army has invested significant resources in its efforts to prevent suicide and respond to a well-documented increase in suicides among active-duty soldiers. Among the efforts under way is a program to develop an information system that provides leaders with data on individual- and unit-level suicide risk factors and could serve as the basis for prevention and intervention activities. One shortfall of this approach is the lack of guidance on how Army leaders should interpret and use this information. To address this gap, RAND Arroyo Center convened a group of experts to reach consensus on recommended actions for leaders who are informed that an individual soldier exhibits a risk factor for suicide or that their unit exhibits an atypically high prevalence of suicide risk factors or a concerning trend of suicidality. The experts generally agreed that information on suicide risk indicators could be useful to unit leaders if they also received guidance on appropriate actions from behavioral health providers -- and central to any response is the need to keep information about individual soldiers confidential. At the unit level, data on atypically high-risk behaviors should prompt a "root cause" analysis to discern whether the heightened prevalence is a reflection of actual behaviors or can be explained by other factors. The experts concluded that unit-level suicide trend data have limited utility for leader action because suicide is a relatively rare event and because individuals assigned to a unit change over time. The results of the exercise led to several recommendations on the use of data in response planning for Army leaders and directions for future research.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed June 23, 2016).
Subject Soldiers -- Suicidal behavior -- United States.
Suicide -- United States -- Prevention.
Suicide -- Risk factors.
Leadership -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Research.
Armed Forces -- Research. (OCoLC)fst01351885
Leadership. (OCoLC)fst00994701
Soldiers -- Suicidal behavior. (OCoLC)fst01125317
Suicide -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst01137587
Suicide -- Risk factors. (OCoLC)fst01137603
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Handbooks and manuals. (OCoLC)fst01423877
Added Author Kelly, Theresa F., author.
Arroyo Center, issuing body.
ISBN 0833095145 (electronic bk.)
9780833095145 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000061157314

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