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Use of mental health services by American Indian and Alaska Native elders

TitleUse of mental health services by American Indian and Alaska Native elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsBarney, DD
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health ResearchAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume5
Pagination1-14
ISBN Number0893-5394<br/>1533-7731
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1994-46509-001
Keywords*American Indians, *Health Care Utilization, *Inuit, *Mental Health Services, *Needs, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), need & enabling & predisposing factors for mental health service use, reservation vs urban American Indian & Alaska Native elders, Urban Environments
AbstractUsed R. Anderson and J. Newman's (1973) conceptual framework to identify need as well as enabling and predisposing factors for mental health service use in a national sample of reservation and urban American Indian and Alaska Native elders. 712 older American Indians and Alaska Natives completed E. Pfeiffer's (1975) Older American Resources and Services questionnaire. Results indicate that self-perceived need was the strongest predictor of mental health service use for elders living on reservations. However, for Indian/Native elders in urban areas, degree of mental impairment was most likely to predict use of mental health services. For both groups of elders, enabling variables, such as total income, level of education, and access to medical insurance, were the least important in influencing whether or not an elder elected to use mental health services. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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