Accession Number:

AD1002969

Title:

Using Motivational Enhancement among OIF / OEF Veterans Returning to the Community

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,26 Sep 2011,25 Sep 2015

Corporate Author:

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Detroit United States

Report Date:

2015-12-25

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The main objective of the study was to test a motivational enhancement ME intervention to address barriers to engaging in mental health treatment for recently returned veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The long term goal of the study was to increase veterans participation in mental health treatment by using a Stages of Change model to reduce perceived stigma and barriers to treatment. The central hypothesis put forth was that veterans who receive motivational enhancement will demonstrate greater readiness to change and higher treatment program attendance than veterans who receive treatment as usual. This study demonstrates the difficulty and intensity in the recruitment of veterans in intervention studies for mental health reasons. Given that untreated mental illness can lead to many negative consequences and the stigmas associated with mental health use, veterans engagement and retention in treatment are factors that require further research. The findings here suggest that the VA, DoD, universities and communities should develop projects that allow the use of resources and develop intervention of programs that enhance treatment usage among combat veterans. As a more general point, the study team feels there is a broader reason to continue this type of intervention study. An intervention such as the one described for this project could be of tremendous value to the many veterans now and in the future who are troubled by their war experiences yet are reluctant to commit to counseling. As a more general point, the study team feels there is a broader reason to continue this type of intervention study. An intervention such as the one described for this project could be of tremendous value to the many veterans now and in the future who are troubled by their war experiences yet are reluctant to commit to counseling.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE