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Attitudes of Older and Younger Adults Toward Mental Illness and Mental Health Services
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by Kelly A. Fischer and Heidi M. Inderbitzen* - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Categories: Developmental | Health
This study investigated the attitudes of both younger and older adults toward mental health professionals and people with mental illness, as well as their willingness to seek help from mental health services. The Mental Health Services Questionnaire was administered to 49 college students (18-24 years) and 65 older adults (65 years and older). A series of 2 (age group) x 2 (sex) multivariate analyses of variance revealed that older adults had more postive attitudes toward mental health professionals than did younger adults. Older adults had more accepting attitudes toward the utilization of mental health services than younger adults. Results also indicated that older adults do not harbor negative attitudes about mental health services that impede them from utilizing mental health professionals.