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Multiculturalism and Social Work | San Francisco State University

Women s help-seeking patterns for depression.

Author: Van-Hook,-Mary-P.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-in-Health-Care
Volume/Pages Vol 29(1): 15-34
Subject Matter Women
Abstract To elucidate the important role of primary care providers in the identification and treatment of depression generally and especially for African American and Latino women, a study was conducted within 4 primary care clinics serving primarily low-income families. Ss included 321 females (aged 18-75 yrs; Black, 22%, Hispanic, 23.5%, White, 38.6%) who completed a confidential questionnaire while waiting to be seen by clinic staff. Ten percent reported recent major depression, with 26.7% indicating depressive symptoms during the past 2 yrs. Depressed women were significantly more likely to report physical violence during the past year. Ss turned primarily to family, friends, and medical clinics for their depression. They found turning to clinic staff to be helpful and described psychosocial interventions as useful. Members of all ethnic/racial groups reported barriers to seeking help, including perceived separation between mental health and general health and stigma. Implications are discussed in terms of appropriate community education and screening procedures. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)