What predicts unremitting suicidal ideation? A prospective examination of the role of subjective age in suicidal ideation among ex-prisoners of war.

Sharon Avidor, Yossi Levi-Belz, Zahava Solomon

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Abstract

Clinical Impact Statement: Ex-prisoners of war (ex-POWs) are susceptible to PTSD symptoms and to suicidal ideation (SI). We sought to understand how the mental sequelae of PTSD symptoms relate to SI and an older subjective sense of age, relying on a sample of midlife and older adult ex-POWs of the Israeli 1973 Yom Kippur War. We found that PTSD symptoms 35 years after the war predicted more SI 7 years later. Subjective age explained part of this connection. This helps us to understand what is involved in suicidal risk: PTSD symptoms, and the mental and physical “wear and tear” processes that lead to premature aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-348
Number of pages11
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms
  • subjective aging
  • suicidal ideation
  • war captivity

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