Rural African American clergy: Are they literate on late-life depression?

Kim L. Stansbury, Travonia Brown-Hughes, Debra A. Harley

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This exploratory study examined rural African American clergy's knowledge of and experience in providing support to African American elders with late-life depression. Interviews were conducted with nine African American clergy who oversaw rural churches in central Kentucky. Jorm and colleagues provide a conceptual framework for mental health literacy to explore participants' knowledge of late-life depression. Although few clergy had direct experience with counseling a depressed older adult, all the clergy were considered literate regarding late-life depression and its treatment. These findings have implications for social workers building collaborative community treatment relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalAging and Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Cultural aspects
  • Depression
  • Service provision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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