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Attitudes toward mental health services in Hispanic older adults: the role of misconceptions and personal beliefs

TitleAttitudes toward mental health services in Hispanic older adults: the role of misconceptions and personal beliefs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJang, Y, Chiriboga, DA, Herrera, JR, Tyson, DM, Schonfeld, L
JournalCommunity Ment Health JCommunity Ment Health J
Volume47
Pagination164-70
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number1573-2789 (Electronic)<br/>0010-3853 (Linking)
Accession Number20091227
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Attitude to Health, Counseling, Cross-Sectional Studies, Culture, Female, Florida, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders/ ethnology, Mental Health Services/ utilization, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/ ethnology, Questionnaires, Regression Analysis
AbstractFocusing on misconceptions and personal beliefs associated with depression, the present study explored predictors of attitudes toward mental health services in a sample of 297 Hispanic older adults living in public housing (M age = 76.0 years, SD = 7.74). Results from a hierarchical regression analysis showed that negative attitudes towards mental health services were predicted by advanced age, belief that having depression would make family members disappointed, and belief that counseling brings too many bad feelings such as anger and sadness. Findings suggest that interventions designed to promote positive attitudes toward mental health services of older Hispanics should address misconceptions and personal beliefs.