Year: 2015 Source: Traumatology.(2014).Dec 1 , 2014:1-7. doi:10.1037/trm0000017 SIEC No: 20150026

Limited research has focused on protective factors associated with decreased suicide risk among military personnel and veterans. Self-forgiveness, defined as Òthe act of generosity and kindness toward the self following self-perceived inappropriate action,Ó may be associated with decreased risk for suicide ideation and attempts, but few studies have examined this relationship. Self-forgiveness did not moderate the effects of posttraumatic stress on either suicide ideation or suicide attempts. Results suggest self-forgiveness may reduce risk for suicide attempts among military personnel and veterans with a history of suicide ideation.