Language can shape perception and influence cognitive processes. Seeking professional psychological help has been stigmatized in military culture, and veterans often do not seek treatment for mental health concerns. Language used to describe mental health professionals (e.g., counselor, psychologist) may contribute to attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. The researchers identified differences in attitudes depending on the terminology describing the mental health professional.
Participants will understand the ways that language can influence Veterans’ attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. Differences in terms to describe a mental health professional (e.g., counselor, psychologist) will be identified and shared with participants.
Participants will understand the impact that terminology may have in creating a barrier between a Veteran struggling with mental health distress and seeking professional psychological help. Participants may be interested in addressing the terminology they use to describe themselves when talking with Veteran clients.
Participants will learn about the research methodology used by the researchers to explore the way that language can impact attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. Participants may learn how to conduct research of their own in the field of language (i.e., how to manipulate surveys, how to randomize participants, etc.).
Master of Counseling,
The Ohio State University