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Mental health treatment seeking in a midwestern frontier population

Catherine Jones-Hazledine, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study examined variables related to rural individuals' willingness to seek mental health services, with particular focus on prior knowledge of the provider. 152 participants were recruited from the waiting room of a rural primary care clinic. Self report packets were completed by fifty-six males and ninety-six females ranging in age from 20–91 years. Packets included demographic information, questions regarding mental health treatment history and willingness to seek treatment, the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), and the Working Alliance Inventory-Short Form (WAI-S). Results indicated that married individuals, more educated individuals, and Caucasians were more willing to seek treatment. Participants were more likely to seek treatment for depressive and psychotic disorders than for marital problems. Longer-term residents were more likely to use a hometown provider. Hypotheses that more rural individuals would prefer providers of whom they had prior knowledge, and that greater prior knowledge of the provider would be related to therapeutic alliance were not supported. Limitations of the available data and directions for future research are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Jones-Hazledine, Catherine, "Mental health treatment seeking in a midwestern frontier population" (2004). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3142088.