Predicting Help-Seeking Attitudes Toward Mental Health Services among American Indian Older Adults: Is Andersen's Behavioral Model a Good Fit?

Soonhee Roh, Catherine E. Burnette, Kyoung Hag Lee, Yeon Shim Lee, James I. Martin, Michael J. Lawler

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    American Indian (AI) older adults are vulnerable to mental health disparities, yet very little is known about the factors associated with help-seeking for mental health services among them. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of Andersen's Behavioral Model in explaining AI older adults' help-seeking attitudes toward professional mental health services. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to examine predisposing, enabling, and need variables as predictors of help-seeking attitudes toward mental health services in a sample of 233 AI older adults from the Midwest. The model was found to have limited utility in the context of older AI help-seeking attitudes, as the proportion of explained variance was low. Gender, perceived stigma, social support, and physical health were significant predictors, whereas age, perceived mental health, and health insurance were not.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)94-115
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
    Volume36
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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    Keywords

    • American Indian
    • help-seeking
    • mental health
    • older adults
    • service utilization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gerontology
    • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Predicting Help-Seeking Attitudes Toward Mental Health Services among American Indian Older Adults : Is Andersen's Behavioral Model a Good Fit? / Roh, Soonhee; Burnette, Catherine E.; Lee, Kyoung Hag; Lee, Yeon Shim; Martin, James I.; Lawler, Michael J.

    In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, Vol. 36, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 94-115.

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    Roh, Soonhee ; Burnette, Catherine E. ; Lee, Kyoung Hag ; Lee, Yeon Shim ; Martin, James I. ; Lawler, Michael J. / Predicting Help-Seeking Attitudes Toward Mental Health Services among American Indian Older Adults : Is Andersen's Behavioral Model a Good Fit?. In: Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2017 ; Vol. 36, No. 1. pp. 94-115.
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