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Age-related concomitants of obtaining mental health care in adulthood.

Woodhead EL, Cronkite R, Moos R, Valenstein H, Timko C. Age-related concomitants of obtaining mental health care in adulthood. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2013 Mar 1; 37(2):269-76.

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Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations between predisposing and need factors and receipt of mental health care and to examine age as a moderator of these associations. METHODS: Participants (N = 521) were surveyed as part of a larger study on health and adaptation. RESULTS: Obtaining mental health care was predicted by more reliance on approach coping, and more depressive and medical symptoms. Interactions of age x depressive symptoms and age x gender revealed that middle-aged adults with more depressive symptoms and middle-aged men were less likely to obtain care. CONCLUSIONS: Middle-aged men and middle-aged adults with depression may not be obtaining needed mental health care.





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