Stigma and Mental Health Service Utilization in Military Personnel: A Review of the Literature

Lito E. Michalopoulou, Janet A. Welsh, Daniel F. Perkins, Lajuana Ormsby

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Abstract

Empirical studies have consistently demonstrated that military personnel underuse mental health services. Stigma associated with seeking and receiving treatment has been hypothesized to play a significant role in failure to access potentially helpful services and supports. The authors reviewed peer-reviewed articles published from June 2000 to June 2015 and examined how stigmatizing attitudes, attributions, and beliefs about mental health conditions, mental health treatment, and seeking help influence help seeking and service utilization for different military personnel subgroups. The authors highlight patterns and inconsistencies identified in the literature and provide recommendations for future research and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-25
Number of pages14
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology

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