On May 8, 2018 Dr. Fred Woodaman was awarded best paper at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER). Check out the abstract below:
The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Stress-Injury Pathway to Military Suicide (SIPMS), a systems model of suicide and its prevention in the military. SIPMS partitions the uniformed population into states that relate to mental health and suicide risk. For its states, SIPMS draws on two recent psychological theories: a) the Combat and Operational Stress Continuum - a mental health practice model used in the military based on the concept of stress-injury; and b) Thomas Joiner's Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide, which separately establishes the conditions for the development of suicide ideation and the conditions that lead to a suicide attempt. These states, when combined with state transition rates, are used to create a dynamic model of suicide in the military. To this base model, we add states and transitions that address the role of so-called resilience programs and clinical treatment. Looking backwards, SIPMS aids in understand the dynamics of suicide rates, explaining the lag between changes in stressors and outcomes. In the near-term, SIPMS serves as an organizing framework for integrating and assessing suicide prevention activities within the military. Looking forward, it provides a basis for forecasting suicide rates, a quantitative means to evaluate proposed interventions, and a baseline for validating implemented interventions.
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