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Prevalence of Mental Health Problems, Treatment Need, and Barriers to Care Among Spouses of Military Service Members Involved in Iraq and Afghanistan Deployments.
Military Psychology
  • Stephen C. Messer, Nova Southeastern University
  • Karen M. Eaton
  • Allison A. Whitt
  • Charles W. Hoge
  • Dennis McGurk
  • Oscar A. Cabrera
  • Anthony Cox
  • Carl A. Castro
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-1-2008
Disciplines
Abstract
Military spouses must contend with unique issues such as a mobile lifestyle, rules and regulations of military life, and frequent family separations including peacekeeping and combat deployments. These issues may have an adverse effect on the health of military spouses. This study examined the mental health status, rates of care utilization, source of care, as well as barriers and stigma of mental health care utilization among military spouses who were seeking care in military primary care clinics. The data show spouses have similar rates of mental health problems compared to soldiers. Spouses were more likely to seek care for their mental health problems and were less concerned with the stigma of mental health care than were soldiers. Services were most often received from primary care physicians, rather than specialty mental health professionals, which may relate to the lack of availability of mental health services for spouses on military installations.
Citation Information
Stephen C. Messer, Karen M. Eaton, Allison A. Whitt, Charles W. Hoge, et al.. "Prevalence of Mental Health Problems, Treatment Need, and Barriers to Care Among Spouses of Military Service Members Involved in Iraq and Afghanistan Deployments." Military Psychology Vol. 173 Iss. 11 (2008) p. 1051 - 1056 ISSN: 0899-5605
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen-messer/82/