Postwar experiences and treatment-seeking behavior in a community counselling setting

J Trauma Stress. 1998 Jul;11(3):579-87. doi: 10.1023/A:1024464915138.


Previous research investigating the impact of postwar experiences on Vietnam veterans has focused on veteran morbidity. This emphasis has meant that the impact of these factors on treatment-seeking behavior has received little empirical attention. This study examined the association between postwar factors and treatment-seeking behavior in a sample of 692 Australian Vietnam veterans. Logistic regression analyses were used to compute the odds ratios associated with postwar experiences and self-referral to a community-based counselling service. Results suggest that veterans who reported experiencing negative feelings toward others when they first arrived home were more likely to seek treatment. Other factors, such as a veteran's perception of societal attitudes and the reception they received, were not associated with treatment-seeking behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Combat Disorders / diagnosis
  • Combat Disorders / psychology*
  • Community Mental Health Services*
  • Counseling*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Social Adjustment
  • Veterans / psychology*
  • Vietnam
  • Warfare*