Help-seeking among airmen in distressed relationships: Promoting relationship well-being

Douglas K. Snyder, Jeffrey A. Cigrang, Christina Balderrama-Durbin, G. Wayne Talcott, Amy Slep, Richard Heyman

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Abstract

Although a substantial proportion of service members returning from a combat deployment report individual emotional and behavioral disorders as well as intimate relationship difficulties, previous studies indicate that only a minority actually seek mental health services. Little is known about factors that predict help-seeking in this population. We first review key findings from the literature on help-seeking in military and veteran populations, including mixed findings regarding the role of perceived stigma and attitudes toward mental health treatment. We then present data from a longitudinal study of United States Air Force Security Forces following a year-long high-risk deployment to Iraq-including findings regarding who seeks help, for what problems, and from which providers. We also examine whether these findings differ for Airmen in a married or committed relationship versus nonpartnered Airmen and, for the former group, whether findings differ for those in a distressed versus nondistressed relationship. Finally, we discuss implications of these findings for extending couple-based interventions to service members and veterans, and describe a multitiered "stepped" approach for promoting relationship resiliency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Couples
  • Help-seeking
  • Military
  • Resiliency
  • Stigma
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Help-seeking among airmen in distressed relationships : Promoting relationship well-being. / Snyder, Douglas K.; Cigrang, Jeffrey A.; Balderrama-Durbin, Christina; Wayne Talcott, G.; Slep, Amy; Heyman, Richard.

In: Psychotherapy, Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.03.2016, p. 1-12.

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Snyder, Douglas K. ; Cigrang, Jeffrey A. ; Balderrama-Durbin, Christina ; Wayne Talcott, G. ; Slep, Amy ; Heyman, Richard. / Help-seeking among airmen in distressed relationships : Promoting relationship well-being. In: Psychotherapy. 2016 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 1-12.
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