Accession Number : ADA614429


Title :   Linking Returning Veterans in Rural Community Colleges to Mental Health Care


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. Dec 2013-9 Dec 2014


Corporate Author : ARKANSAS UNIV FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES LITTLE ROCK


Personal Author(s) : Curran, Geoffrey M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a614429.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 51


Abstract : This study is collecting survey data and rich qualitative information on student veterans mental health, help-seeking behavior, and attitudes regarding mental health treatment. Ultimately, this survey and qualitative data will inform the development of a new screening and linkage to care intervention that is feasible in the community college setting and acceptable to this student veteran population and their families. The survey portion of the study is completed and we are conducting proposed analyses. Qualitative interviews and focus groups are ongoing. Analyses from the survey indicate that psychiatric distress is prevalent in the sample of veterans: 32% depression, 23% generalized anxiety, 26% PTSD, 44% with any MH disorder, and 36% binge drinking. Compared to a civilian sample from the same schools, the veterans have significantly higher prevalence of MH disorders in all categories except generalized anxiety. The rates being reported for positive screens are high, thereby demonstrated a need to for increased recognition and intervention in the population. The Veterans in the in-depth interviews are recommending linkage and or services interventions that are acceptable to them, many of which are consistent with current interventions in VA, while some are completely novel. In the next year we will be exploring these intervention ideas further, creating intervention plans in partnership with student Veterans and college representatives, and writing (and resubmitting) grant applications to allow us to develop and pilot test them.


Descriptors :   *MENTAL HEALTH , *VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL) , ALCOHOLISM , ANXIETY , ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , DEPRESSION , INTERVIEWING , POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER , STUDENTS , SURVEYS , THERAPY


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE