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Facilitating Soldier Receipt of Needed Mental Health Treatment

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Annual rept. 5 Oct 2010-4 Oct 2011

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The studies being supported under the grant titled Facilitating Soldier Receipt of Mental Health Treatment are all designed to provide a better understanding of those factors that facilitate and hinder Soldiers from getting treatment for mental health problems caused by exposure to traumatic events during combat. Two qualitative studies were proposed for Year 1 of the grant. The first qualitative study involved focus groups with Soldiers of different ranks to get each Soldiers perspective on those factors that determined whether he or she would get treatment for a mental health problem. The focus group study was designed to include Soldiers who may or may not have actually sought treatment, and therefore would provide a representative assessment of how Soldiers in general view the facilitators and impediments toward treatment seeking. The second qualitative study involved Soldiers who have sought treatment for a mental health problem while on active duty. The primary goal of this study was to provide insight into what causes Soldiers to overcome the barriers to treatment seeking that may exist and actually get treatment. This report provides a summary of first-year activities for the 3-year project. Key accomplishments include Institutional Review Board and MRMC oversight approval for the focus group and individual interview studies, approval of the 3rd Infantry Division for the studies in all 3 years of the grant, completion of focus group data collection, and over 50 of the interviews conducted for the individual interview study. The data for the two Year 1 qualitative studies are currently being processed, and coordination for the Year 2 longitudinal study has begun. In addition, a chapter supported by the contract has been accepted for publication, and an additional review article supported by the contract is being written.

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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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