Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP
Brad Rosenfield, Psy.D.
The recent U.S. military conflicts have brought to light the destruction of war. The amount of stress involved in deployment and exposure to combat has been found to increase the risk of mental health disorders. Many veterans are at risk for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries. The purpose of this study was to examine age, education level, computer technology skills, personality, and barriers to seeking treatment to determine if these variables would predict attitudes towards the use of telemental health (TMH) treatment. Participants from student veterans’ organizations across the country were recruited to complete an online survey. Results from this study indicated that participants with high concrete barriers and distrust of caregivers were more likely to have favorable attitudes towards TMH compared to those without such attitudes. Participants with more favorable TMH attitudes also endorsed having a higher current need of help for mental health treatment than those with less favorable TMH attitudes.
Gingras, Rebekah L., "Predicting Attitudes Towards Telemental Health Therapy Among U.S. Military Veterans" (2016). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 398.