Short-term effects of crisis response planning on optimism in a U.S. Army sample

David C. Rozek, Carol Keane, Lauren M. Sippel, Jacob Y. Stein, Cynthia Rollo-Carlson, Craig J. Bryan

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Aim: This study examined the short-term effects of a brief crisis intervention on optimism of acutely suicidal soldiers. Methods: U.S. Soldiers (N = 97) presenting for an emergency mental health appointment in a military emergency department or behavioural health clinic were randomly assigned to treatment as usual standard crisis response plan, or enhanced crisis response plan (E-CRP). This study is used a subsample of the original clinical trial (n = 64) for those who completed self-report measures of optimism (Life Orientation Test-Revised) prior to receiving any intervention and a secondary self-report assessment one-month following the intervention. Results: Results indicate that individuals with low baseline optimism who received the E-CRP had significant increases in optimism 1 month post-intervention. Conclusion: This provides evidence that discussing a patient's reasons for living during a CRP increases optimism in those high-risk patients with the lowest baseline optimism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-685
Number of pages4
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • crisis response plan
  • military
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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