Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Applied Psychology


Britt, Thomas W.

Committee Member

Rosopa , Patrick

Committee Member

Sinclair , Robert


Research has shown that the stigma of psychological problems is related to decreased treatment seeking for psychological problems. Utilizing a longitudinal design and a military sample, this study found contrary results, instead supporting the relationship between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptomology and treatment seeking. A relationship between Perceived Organizational Support (POS), or how much organizations value the contributions and well-being of their employees (Eisenberger et al., 1986), and PTSD Symptomology also emerged. POS was negatively related to stigma, and stigma partially mediated the relationship between POS and PTSD Symptomology. Contrary to hypotheses, stigma did not mediate the relationship between POS and treatment seeking. POS is an element which organizations should consider when attempting to decrease stigma and psychological problems within their organization.

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