Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Bryan Miller, PhD, Committee Chair
Mellisa Vogel, PhD
Meghnaa Tallaragada, PhD
With more soldiers returning home to the United States than any war era before, there is a need for research to understand military personnel’s mental health and how they use resources, like the Veteran’s Affairs and non-profit organizations. This study serves to further our understanding about service members’ knowledge on this subject. This study adds to the literature by conducting semi-structured interviews with 15 service members who had deployed on either United States military bases or ships, or peace-keeping missions, overseas after 9/11. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and thoroughly analyzed using a narrative approach. Five important themes emerged from the interviews: prevalence of mental health disorders, knowledge of disorders and resources, barriers to seeking help, types of resources available, and motivations to seek help. Although this study aimed to explicitly understand knowledge, the inductive research process produced four other themes that became pivotal in understanding why active soldiers and veterans were skeptical to seek help.
Taylor, Savanna, "Knowledge of Mental Health Disorders and Resources by Military Personnel" (2018). All Theses. 3019.