Mental Health and Resilience: Soldiers' Perceptions about Psychotherapy, Medication, and Barriers to Care in the United States Military
Annual rept. 15 Sep 2011 - 14 Sep 2012
YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT
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Research has reported perceived barriers to care in military populations, but there have not been any studies to date that demonstrate the degree to which subjective barriers translate into lack of utilization. Moreover, studies of mental health service utilization have not examined patient beliefs and perceptions, instead focusing on characteristics such as race, gender, and socio-demographic variables. To our knowledge there have not been any systematic investigations into what soldiers believe about mental health treatment. Results from this study will provide the mental health community with valuable information about 1 Barriers to receiving mental healthcare in symptomatic individuals 2 The effects those barriers have on health care utilization 3 Beliefs about mental health and treatment preferences that can inform education and treatment planning efforts 4 Factors associated with psychological resilience and how those factors affect healthcare utilization. In the past year, a Fort Drum Combat Brigade withdrew from participation immediately prior to our data collection date. Further, a negative incident involving an unrelated research team caused a delay for all research on post. In the past year we collected survey data from 487 participants at Fort Drum. We have applied for a one-year no-cost extension and anticipate this project to be completed by September, 2013.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research