Barriers to help seeking for mental disorders in a rural impoverished population

Jeanne C. Fox, Michael Blank, Virginia G. Rovnyak, Rhoneise Y. Barnett

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Abstract

This study examined barriers to seeking mental health care reported by individuals in a rural impoverished population, by screening 646 randomly selected adults for depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse. Respondents who screened positive were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (1) no intervention, (2) an educational intervention alone, or (3) the educational intervention in the presence of a significant other. Those who screened positive for disorders cited barriers to care at significantly higher rates than respondents who screened negative. Respondents who received the educational intervention endorsed several barriers at significantly lower rates in the follow-up telephone call (subsequent to the intervention) than in the original interview (prior to the intervention). Virtually all respondents in a subsample of 142 subjects (99.3%) said they would seek mental health care if they thought mental health services would help them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-436
Number of pages16
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, P50-MH49173.

Funding

This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, P50-MH49173.

FundersFunder number
National Institute of Mental HealthP50MH049173

    Keywords

    • barriers
    • help seeking
    • mental disorders
    • mental health services
    • rural population

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