J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2010 Sep;19(3):299-306. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2010.19.3.299.

Factors that Influence Non-combat Military Soldiers' Suicidal Ideation

  • 1Department of Nursing, Dongshin University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Social Welfare, Dongshin University, Korea.
  • 3Previous Battalion Commnder of Hwasoon in Jeonnam, Korea.
  • 4Department of Nursing, Taegu Science College, Korea. hyeonmi@paran.com


This study was done to investigate the factors that influence non-combat soldiers' suicidal ideation.
The participants of survey were 302 of soldiers in Y and H city. The data were collected from Aug. 5 to 8, 2008 in H city and Oct. 25 to 30, 2009 in Y city. The instruments were the SRI (Stress Response Inventory) developed by Ko, Park, & Kim (2000), SDS (Self-Rating Depression Scale), developed by Zung (1965) and SSI (Scale for Suicidal Ideation) developed by Beck (1979). The data were analyzed using SPSS 12.0.
The mean score for the SRI, SDS and SSI were 15.71+/-19.81, 32.02+/-9.67 and 1.34+/-2.74 respectively. There were positive correlations between the SRI and SDS (r=.763), SRI and SSI (r=.583), SDS and SSI (r=.575). Stress, depression, age, and educational level accounted for 41% of the variance in suicidal ideation.
The results of this study indicates that soldiers' suicidal ideation is related to stress, depression, age, and educational level and that there is a need to develop programs which focus on stress and depression management.


Military Soldier; Suicide; Stress; Depression

MeSH Terms

Military Personnel*
Suicidal Ideation*

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