Examining Help-Seeking Among National Guard Service Members
military, service members, National Guard, help-seeking, mental health treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, suicidal ideation, stigma, negative beliefs about treatment, depression, stress
Low rates of help-seeking among military service members (SMs) remains a persistent problem. Data from 997 National Guard (NG) SMs were examined to assess predictors of help-seeking behavior. Suicidal ideation, age, negative stress, positive stress, depression, and negative beliefs about mental health treatment were consistently found to predict help-seeking. A past history of suicidal ideation was the strongest predictor of receiving treatment. Negative beliefs about mental health treatment had the greatest impact on decreasing the odds of receiving treatment. Results have implications for improving service utilization for NG SMs.
Original Publication Citation
D. Michael Applegarth, David S. Wood, AnnaBelle O. Bryan & Craig J. Bryan (2019) Examining Help-Seeking Among National Guard Service Members, Military Behavioral Health, 7:2, 198-205.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Applegarth, D. Michael; Wood, David S.; Bryan, AnnaBelle O.; and Bryan, Craig J., "Examining Help-Seeking Among National Guard Service Members" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4113.
Military Behavioral Health
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