This study is investigating how different forms of stigma and discrimination impede soldiers’ and family members’ recognition of and response to mental and behavioral health problems.
The project will:
- Survey soldiers, family members, and health service providers at three U.S.-based Army posts. Face-to-face and telephone interviews will be conducted and used with public information to map systems of mental and behavioral health policies, practices, and services.
- Conduct a Web-based survey of a random sample of active-duty soldiers, family members, and service providers to assess responses to vignettes depicting soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, depression alcohol/substance abuse, and suicidality.
- Analyze the data to identify how different forms of stigma and discrimination may impede help-seeking behaviors.
The findings from this action-oriented research will ultimately be used to inform policies and practices to reduce barriers to help-seeking and promote timely recognition and response to the mental and behavioral health problems experienced by soldiers.
Director: Lydia O'Donnell
Funder: U.S. Army