Untreated depression among older American adults has serious consequences. Individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, as well as those providing care to these older adults, habitually overlook symptoms or dismiss them as normal in this age group. Strategies are urgently needed to overcome this practice. In the study presented here, this researcher provides analyzed content regarding caregiver responses to focused interview questions about recognizing symptoms of depression in the older adults for whom they care and how to engage those with depression in treatment. The researcher considered this analysis within the framework of mental health literacy and knowledge brokering. Outcomes are presented in terms of how to improve components of mental health literacy, specifically regarding geriatric depression, among caregivers for older adults. Participants in this case study were volunteers in one of three identified categories providing care to older adults: Professional, paraprofessional, and nonprofessional. The sample size consisted of four participants in each category, with 12 participants in total. Participants demonstrated a baseline level of mental health literacy regarding geriatric depression. Based on corresponding implications, the researcher suggests which components of caregiver mental health literacy are sound, as well as areas where interventions could be used to improve caregiver mental health literacy.
|Advisor:||Schmitz, Sheila A.|
|Commitee:||Knapp, Mark G.|
|School:||The University of the Rockies|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Behavioral psychology, Public Health Education|
|Keywords:||Health communication, Mental depression, Mental health literacy, Older adults|
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