Attitudes towards psychological treatment among older Australians

Woodward, Rana and Pachana, Nancy A. (2009) Attitudes towards psychological treatment among older Australians. Australian Psychologist, 44 2: 86-93. doi:10.1080/00050060802583610

Author Woodward, Rana
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Attitudes towards psychological treatment among older Australians
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9544
Publication date 2009-06-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00050060802583610
Open Access Status
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 86
End page 93
Total pages 8
Editor Nancy Pachana
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Abstract Reasons behind older adults' under-utilisation of mental health services are complex. Barriers to access to mental health services for this group include service access and availability, attitudes of medical and mental health professionals, and attitudes of older people themselves. This questionnaire-based study sought to investigate variables that may influence attitudes towards psychological help seeking among a late mid-age-young-old Australian sample of 159 community-dwelling adults. The results suggest that attitudes towards seeking psychological help in this population were relatively positive. In addition, >50% of participants in the sample indicated that they had sought treatment for emotional or psychological difficulties in the past, with the greatest proportion of those who sought help noting that it was for “family problems” (56%). The findings suggest that negative attitudes to help seeking in this age group may not be as pervasive as previously assumed, and that help-seeking behaviours may be high among those with positive attitudes towards help seeking.
Keyword ageing
clinical/counselling psychology
health attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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