Professor Examines the Science Behind Suicide in New Book

The record number of soldier suicides in 2009 is most likely due to the redeployment of soldiers with psychiatric illnesses and a small army fighting a long war, according to David Rudd, Texas Tech University professor and chair for the Department of Psychology.

“It’s a consequence of killing people,” Rudd said. “War is about killing people and when you train young men and women to kill people, some of them are going to have a difficult time doing it. And then if they end up killing civilians as well as combatants, they’re going to have an even more difficult time.”

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