Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives

Colleen S. Lewy, Celina M. Oliver, Bentson H. McFarland

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Abstract

Objective: An Internet-based survey sought information about barriers to mental health services for military wives. Methods: On the basis of qualitative work, an Internet-based program was created to identify military wives who may have major depressive disorder. Results: Women (N=569, ages 18 to 56) were recruited from 45 states and eight foreign countries. Most participants (78%) reported mild to severe depression. Many (44%) reported unaddressed mental health needs. Barriers included inability to attend daytime appointments (38%), inability to find a counselor who understands the needs of military spouses (35%), inability to find a counselor the participant could trust (29%), concerns about confidentiality (26%), and lack of knowledge about where to get services (25%). The barriers reported differed markedly from those described by distressed women in the general population. Conclusions: Military wives are an underserved population. Knowledge of military culture is essential for civilian mental health providers working with military wives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1170-1173
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume65
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Lewy, C. S., Oliver, C. M., & McFarland, B. H. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, 65(9), 1170-1173. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201300325