Year: 2013 Source: Journal of Traumatic Stress.(2011).24(5):605-608.DOI: 10.1002/jts.20674. SIEC No: 20130073

Predictors of suicidal ideation (SI) were examined in a sample of veterans (N = 128) diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military sexual trauma. Suicidal ideation was predicted by both depressive symptom severity and posttraumatic symptom severity in separate correlation analyses. When controlling for the effects of depressive and posttraumatic symptom severity on one another in the prediction of SI in a single multiple regression model, however, only depressive symptoms independently predicted SI. These analyses suggest that the contribution of PTSD symptom severity to the prediction of SI is reduced by adding depressive symptoms. Hyperarousal symptom severity, however, was found in a separate multiple regression model to contribute independently to the prediction of SI controlling for depressive symptom severity.