School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Childhood Trauma, Suicide, Suicidal Ideation, Air Force Airmen, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Active Duty, Military
Thomas, Jennifer L., "Examining the Correlation Between Childhood Trauma and Suicidal Ideation among Air Force Airmen" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3546.
For decades, the United States military has been concerned about high suicide rates. Due to the increasing suicide rate within the armed forces, the need to better understand suicide-associated factors such as childhood trauma exposure is imperative. It is important to identify the research gaps that exist for promoting understanding of suicide and suicidal behavior and to enhance identification of those at risk for suicide. While there have been many published studies on the topic, conspicuously absent are studies that have included U.S. Air Force personnel. This research will examine the correlation between childhood trauma and suicidal ideation among Air Force airmen. The questions addressed in this review are (a) Is there a relationship between types of adverse childhood experiences and suicidal ideation among Air Force airmen? and (2) Is there a relationship between military assignments and suicidal ideation among Air Force airmen? The literature reviewed highlights the association between childhood trauma exposures and the risk of suicidal behaviors and the procedures proposed for the study provide directions for identifying those associations among Air Force airmen.