Accession Number : ADA633259


Title :   Indicators of Suicide Found on Social Networks: Phase 1


Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Oct 2014-Oct 2015


Corporate Author : DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER SEASIDE CA


Personal Author(s) : Hesse, Christina M ; Bryan, Craig ; Rose, Andree E


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA633259


Report Date : 07 Oct 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : This is a retrospective study examining social media posts made by military Service personnel 1 year prior to their deaths. The sample consisted of 700 randomly selected military Service personnel who died by suicide and a control group that demographically matched the suicide group. Only 482 subjects were found to have social networking profiles, and of those, 315 subjects had publicly available information available for assessment. The social media data were coded by staff and graduate students at the University of Utah s National Center for Veteran s Studies (NCVS) for clinical indicators of suicide and then analyzed to identify relationships between indicators and cause of death. Findings suggest that social media data provide insight on subjects thoughts and behaviors within the year preceding death.


Descriptors :   *DEATH , *INDICATORS , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *SOCIAL COMMUNICATION , *SUICIDE , CLINICAL MEDICINE , MEDIA , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , PROFILES


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE