This research was supported by grants from the Minnesota Medical Foundation (Grant #3662-9227-06) and Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (W81XWH-07-2-0033). The authors thank MAJ Cora Courage, PhD and COL Michael Rath, MD, for assistance with subject recruitment. Kenna Bolton-Holz, Robyn Campbell, Molly Charlesworth, Olivia Darrah, Courtney Duffy, Ashley Gulden, Nicole Hofman, Katie Koenig, Kari Leiting, Shannon Martin, Lynsey Miron, Amy Moran, Madhavi Reddy, Kailey Roberts, and Alicia Sandberg assisted with data collection.
Regular Article/Psychological Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Early mental health treatment-seeking among U.S. National Guard soldiers deployed to Iraq†
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Psychological Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 33–40, February 2010
How to Cite
Kehle, S. M., Polusny, M. A., Murdoch, M., Erbes, C. R., Arbisi, P. A., Thuras, P. and Meis, L. A. (2010), Early mental health treatment-seeking among U.S. National Guard soldiers deployed to Iraq. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 33–40. doi: 10.1002/jts.20480
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- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2010
The authors examined rates of and factors associated with postdeployment treatment-seeking in a panel of 424 National Guard soldiers who spent 16 months in Iraq. Soldiers completed a self-report, mailed survey 3- to 6-months after returning home. Approximately one third of respondents reported postdeployment mental health treatment. Those who screened positive for mental health problems were more likely to indicate that they had received treatment compared to those who screened negative, but over one half of those who screened positive were not engaged with mental health treatment. Variables related to reported treatment receipt included positive attitudes about mental health therapies, having been injured in-theater, illness-based need, and having received mental health treatment while in-theater. Implications and future research directions are discussed.