Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 515–524 | Cite as

Veteran Status, Sociodemographic Characteristics, and Healthcare Factors Associated with Visiting a Mental Health Professional

  • Steven M. Frenk
  • Jessica M. Sautter
  • Joseph V. Woodring
  • Ellen A. Kramarow
Original Paper


Using data from a nationally representative study of the community-dwelling U.S. population, we estimated the percentage of male veterans who visited a mental health professional in the past year, compared it to an estimate from non-veteran males, and examined factors associated with visiting a mental health professional. We found that 10.5% of male veterans visited a mental health professional in the past year, compared to only 5.6% of male non-veterans. In the regression models, veteran status, sociodemographic factors, and healthcare utilization were independently associated with visiting a mental health professional. These findings demonstrate the importance of using nationally representative data to assess the mental healthcare needs of veterans.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven M. Frenk
    • 1
  • Jessica M. Sautter
    • 2
  • Joseph V. Woodring
    • 3
  • Ellen A. Kramarow
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Center for Health StatisticsCenters for Disease Control and PreventionHyattsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral and Social SciencesUniversity of the SciencesPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Global Immunization Division, Center for Global HealthCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health StatisticsCenters for Disease Control and PreventionHyattsvilleUSA

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