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Aug 12, 2014 6:38 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Pre-military trauma linked to suicidal behavior

Military service members who endure trauma before they enlist may be more prone to suicidal behaviors during their deployment.

A new study out of the University of Utah found soldiers who were abused as a child were three to eight times more likely than their military peers to think about, plan, or try to commit suicide.

Sexual trauma before or during military service also increased the risk for suicidal behaviors.

Service members who attempted suicide before joining the military were six times more likely to do it again.

Researchers say these findings stress the importance of thorough mental health screenings for military members.

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