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Posttraumatic stress and stigma in active-duty service members relate to lower likelihood of seeking support.
J Trauma Stress. 2014 Feb; 27(1):116-9.JT

Abstract

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health concern for returning service members. Social support is a robust predictor of resiliency and recovery from PTSD; however, barriers to seeking support are understudied. PTSD and anticipated enacted stigma from family and friends were explored as correlates of the likelihood of seeking support among 153 Iraq/Afghanistan U.S. service members. Results showed that PTSD (r = -.31, p < .001) and anticipated enacted stigma (r = -.22, p ≤ .01) were negatively associated with likelihood of seeking support. Post hoc analyses showed that only dysphoria (r = -.32, p < .001) was significantly related to the likelihood of seeking support after accounting for anticipated enacted stigma and other PTSD clusters. Implications of these findings and ways to increase likelihood of seeking support are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Mental Health Service, VA Puget Sound-Seattle Division, Seattle, Washington, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24515538

Citation

Blais, Rebecca K., et al. "Posttraumatic Stress and Stigma in Active-duty Service Members Relate to Lower Likelihood of Seeking Support." Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 27, no. 1, 2014, pp. 116-9.
Blais RK, Renshaw KD, Jakupcak M. Posttraumatic stress and stigma in active-duty service members relate to lower likelihood of seeking support. J Trauma Stress. 2014;27(1):116-9.
Blais, R. K., Renshaw, K. D., & Jakupcak, M. (2014). Posttraumatic stress and stigma in active-duty service members relate to lower likelihood of seeking support. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27(1), 116-9. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.21888
Blais RK, Renshaw KD, Jakupcak M. Posttraumatic Stress and Stigma in Active-duty Service Members Relate to Lower Likelihood of Seeking Support. J Trauma Stress. 2014;27(1):116-9. PubMed PMID: 24515538.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Posttraumatic stress and stigma in active-duty service members relate to lower likelihood of seeking support. AU - Blais,Rebecca K, AU - Renshaw,Keith D, AU - Jakupcak,Matthew, PY - 2014/2/12/entrez PY - 2014/2/12/pubmed PY - 2014/11/11/medline SP - 116 EP - 9 JF - Journal of traumatic stress JO - J Trauma Stress VL - 27 IS - 1 N2 - Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health concern for returning service members. Social support is a robust predictor of resiliency and recovery from PTSD; however, barriers to seeking support are understudied. PTSD and anticipated enacted stigma from family and friends were explored as correlates of the likelihood of seeking support among 153 Iraq/Afghanistan U.S. service members. Results showed that PTSD (r = -.31, p < .001) and anticipated enacted stigma (r = -.22, p ≤ .01) were negatively associated with likelihood of seeking support. Post hoc analyses showed that only dysphoria (r = -.32, p < .001) was significantly related to the likelihood of seeking support after accounting for anticipated enacted stigma and other PTSD clusters. Implications of these findings and ways to increase likelihood of seeking support are discussed. SN - 1573-6598 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24515538/Posttraumatic_stress_and_stigma_in_active_duty_service_members_relate_to_lower_likelihood_of_seeking_support_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.21888 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -