Postdeployment military mental health training: Cross-national evaluations

Heather M. Foran, Bryan G. Garber, Mark A. Zamorski, Mariane Wray, Kathleen Mulligan, Neil Greenberg, Carl Andrew Castro, Amy B. Adler
2013 Psychological services  
This is the accepted version of the paper. This version of the publication may differ from the final published version. Permanent repository link: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/4940/ Link to published version: http://dx. Abstract Deployments increase risk for adjustment problems in service members. To mitigate this increased risk, mental health training programs have been developed and implemented in several nations. As part of a coordinated effort, three nations adapted a US mental health
more » ... mental health training program that had been validated by a series of group randomized trials demonstrating improvement in post-deployment adjustment. Implementation of evidence-based programs in a new context is challenging: How much of the original program needs to remain intact in order to retain its utility? User satisfaction rates can provide essential data to assess how well a program is accepted. This paper summarizes service member ratings of post-deployment mental health training and compares ratings from service members across four nations. The participating nations (Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the US) administered mental health training to active duty military personnel in their respective nations. Following the training, military personnel completed an evaluation of the training. Overall, across the four nations, more than 70% of military personnel agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the mental health training. Although some differences in evaluations were observed across nations, components of training that were most important to overall satisfaction with the training were strikingly similar across nations. Fundamentally, it appears feasible that despite cultural and organizational differences, a mental health training program developed in one nation can be successfully adapted for use in other nations.
doi:10.1037/a0032609 pmid:23730961 fatcat:cx44omiwsrhuhkvqvm5syvv7am