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Andrea Segal, Christopher Diaz, Christine Maguth Nezu, and Arthur Nezu

Social problem solving as a predictor of attitudes towards seeking mental health care and medical care among Veterans

Military Behavioral Health, 2014
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Attitudes toward seeking health care, particularly mental health care, are significantly affected by stigma. Stigma surrounding mental health care is a particularly poignant issue for military veterans who are returning home in need of both medical and psychological care. The present study aimed to investigate whether social problem solving plays a role in perceptions of stigma and subsequent attitudes toward seeking both mental health care and medical care among veterans. Social problem solving was found to be a significant predictor of psychological openness, a subscale of the Inventory of Attitudes Toward Seeking Mental Health Services (IASMHS) assessing the extent to which one is open about recognizing a problem and seeking help for that difficulty. These findings suggest that programs aimed at improving social problem solving skills may help veterans seek necessary care.

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