Author

Chloe Seay

ORCID Identifier(s)

0009-0000-1790-3220

Graduation Semester and Year

2023

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Micki Washburn

Abstract

Now more than ever, Americans are experiencing a serious mental health crisis. However, it can be asserted that veterans are even more in need of effective interventions to address mental health concerns. Veterans experience disproportionally high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders, PTSD, and death by suicide. They often do not find significant symptom reduction from traditional mental health intervention methods. Psychedelics are re-emerging as an option for mental health treatment, however our knowledge of veterans’ attitudes toward the use of psychedelics for treatment for various mental health conditions is currently limited. This work presents the results of an anonymous online survey distributed to veterans at a large public university in the Southern United States assessing their knowledge of and attitudes toward the use of psychedelics for mental health concerns. Results indicate that these veterans had a moderate level of knowledge concerning the use of psychedelic therapy. Results also indicate that overall veterans are in favor of the federal government funding further research of the medicinal value of psychedelics, and specifically further exploring the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics for various behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, treatment of trauma, and treatment of chronic pain. Implications for future research, practice and policy are explored.

Keywords

Psychedelics, Veterans

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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