Mental Health Treatment Seeking Among Older Adults with Depression: The Impact of Stigma and Race

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ProQuest, 2008 - 238 pages
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This mixed methods study examined the impact of stigma on racial differences in treatment seeking attitudes and behaviors among older adults1 with depression. Results indicate that older adults with depression have high levels of public stigma and do not intend to seek, nor are they currently engaged in mental health treatment. Results also suggest that African American older adults endorse higher internalized stigma and less positive attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment than their white counterparts. In addition, high level of internalized stigma was related and attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment. Older African Americans in the current to more negative attitudes towards treatment and partially mediated the relationship between race study identified a number of experiences living in the black community that impacted their treatment seeking attitudes and behaviors, which led to their identification and utilization of more culturally endorsed coping strategies to deal with their depression.
  

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Correlations Among Main Study Variables for the Total Sample N 248
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Sample Demographics for Qualitative Interviews
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Study Participant Pseudonyms
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APPENDIX A
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APPENDIX B
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APPENDIX D
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APPENDIX E
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