Engaging women who are depressed and economically disadvantaged in mental health treatment

TitleEngaging women who are depressed and economically disadvantaged in mental health treatment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGrote, NK, Zuckoff, A, Swartz, H, Bledsoe, SE, Geibel, S
JournalSocial Work
PublisherNASW Press
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0037-8046
Accession Number2008-01775-002
Keywordsdepressed women, Disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged women, Human Females, Intervention, major depression, mental health, mental health treatment, Poverty, psychosocial engagement strategy, Psychosocial Factors, Treatment

Women disadvantaged by poverty, as well as racial or ethnic minority status, are more likely to experience depression than the rest of the U.S. population. At the same time, they are less likely to seek or remain in treatment for depression in traditional mental health settings. This article explores a therapeutic, psychosocial engagement strategy developed to address the barriers to treatment engagement and the application of this strategy to a special population--women of color and white women who are depressed and living on low incomes. The conceptual foundations of this intervention--ethnographic and motivational interviewing--as well as its key techniques and structure are reviewed. Finally, a case example description and promising pilot data demonstrate the usefulness of this strategy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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