Family Stress May Figure in Soldiers' Suicide Risk

April 10, 2015 4:00 PM

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FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Service members who have to deal with trouble at home when they're deployed may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts, a study of U.S. veterans suggests.

In a survey of more than 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets, researchers found that about 14 percent said they'd had suicidal thoughts in recent months. And the odds were greater for those who'd dealt with family stress or felt unsupported by family members during their deployment.

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