Depression literacy among American Indian older adults

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-627
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Evidence-Informed Social Work
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015

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  • American Indian older adults
  • Depression
  • Depression literacy
  • Functional disability
  • Mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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