Depression literacy and health-seeking attitudes in the Western Pacific region: a mixed-methods study

Depression literacy and health-seeking attitudes in the Western Pacific region: a mixed-methods... Purpose Depression literacy refers to the ability to recognize depression and make informed decisions about its treatment. To date, relatively little research has been done to examine depression literacy in the Western Pacific region. Given the pervasiveness of depression and the need to enhance mental health care in this region, it is important to gain a better under- standing of depression literacy and health-seeking behaviors in this part of the world. Methods This mixed-methods study utilized a convergent parallel design to examine depression literacy and the associated health-seeking attitudes among urban adults from three countries—Cambodia, Philippines, and Fiji. A total of 455 adults completed a quantitative survey on depression knowledge, attitudes, and professional help seeking. Separately, 56 inter- viewees from 6 focus groups provided qualitative data on their impression and knowledge of depression and mental illness within the context of their local communities. Results Overall, results showed that depression knowledge was comparatively lower in this region. Controlling for differ - ences across countries, higher knowledge was significantly associated with more positive attitudes towards mental illness (B = − 0.28, p = 0.025) and professional help seeking (B = 0.20, p < 0.001). Financial stability, such as employment, was also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Springer Journals

Depression literacy and health-seeking attitudes in the Western Pacific region: a mixed-methods study

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry
ISSN
0933-7954
eISSN
1433-9285
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00127-018-1538-6
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Abstract

Purpose Depression literacy refers to the ability to recognize depression and make informed decisions about its treatment. To date, relatively little research has been done to examine depression literacy in the Western Pacific region. Given the pervasiveness of depression and the need to enhance mental health care in this region, it is important to gain a better under- standing of depression literacy and health-seeking behaviors in this part of the world. Methods This mixed-methods study utilized a convergent parallel design to examine depression literacy and the associated health-seeking attitudes among urban adults from three countries—Cambodia, Philippines, and Fiji. A total of 455 adults completed a quantitative survey on depression knowledge, attitudes, and professional help seeking. Separately, 56 inter- viewees from 6 focus groups provided qualitative data on their impression and knowledge of depression and mental illness within the context of their local communities. Results Overall, results showed that depression knowledge was comparatively lower in this region. Controlling for differ - ences across countries, higher knowledge was significantly associated with more positive attitudes towards mental illness (B = − 0.28, p = 0.025) and professional help seeking (B = 0.20, p < 0.001). Financial stability, such as employment, was also

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Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric EpidemiologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 2, 2018

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