Depression literacy among American Indian older adults

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Roh, Soonhee
Brown-Rice, Kathleen A.
Pope, Natalie D.
Lee, Kyoung Hag
Lee, Yeon-Shim
Newland, Lisa A.

Older American Indians experience high rates of depression and other psychological disorders, yet little research exist on the depression literacy of this group. Depression literacy is fundamental for individuals seeking help for depression in a timely and appropriate manner. In the present study the authors examine levels and predictors of knowledge of depression symptoms in a sample of rural older American Indians (N = 227) living in the Midwestern United States. Data from self-administered questionnaires indicate limited knowledge of depression and negative attitudes toward seeking help for mental health problems. Additional findings and implications for social work practice and policy are discussed.

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