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Suicidal ideation and behavior following moral injury among combat veterans: Toward an empirically-based integrative model

2020 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $99,970
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Yossi Levi-Belz, Ph.D.
Ruppin Academic Center (Israel)

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Morally injurious events––events that violate an individual’s moral beliefs––can have long-term harmful effects on combat veterans, a group at high-risk for suicide. The study focuses on identifying psychological risk and resilience factors for morally injurious events and understanding the psychological mechanisms that link moral injuries with suicidal ideation and behavior among Israeli combat veterans. Findings may lead to more effective screening, as well as suicide prevention and intervention programs tailored to at-risk veterans.