A survey of attitudes to depression in the general public: a comparison of age and gender differences

Connery, Hazel (2004) A survey of attitudes to depression in the general public: a comparison of age and gender differences. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Background: Previous studies have identified the presence and persistence of negative attitudes towards depression in the lay public and have identified that older adults have more negative attitudes towards depression than younger adults. There are mixed findings in differences in attitudes amongst male and females, with some indication that males have more negative attitudes than females, though some studies report no differences between males and females. This study seeks to examine attitudes towards depression in the general public with an interest in age and gender differences in attitudes. Method: With an overall response rate of 80%, 322 medical outpatients (and visitors) completed a short vignette style questionnaire assessing attitudes to depression. Fifty four percent of the sample were female and forty one percent over 65 years of age. Results: From the responses to the questionnaire, using factor analysis, four themes emerged; 'familiarity with depression', 'recognition of depression as a mental illness', and 'negative attitudes about depression'. Significant differences in attitudes to depression were found among younger and older adults and males and females. Conclusion: Future educational campaigns aimed at the general public should concentrate their efforts on older adults and male lay people, who hold the most negative attitudes towards depression.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 2004
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2004-31001
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 15:30
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/31001

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