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A community needs assessment for rural mental health promotion.

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dc.contributor.author Barry, Margaret M.
dc.contributor.author Doherty, Ann
dc.contributor.author Hope, Ann
dc.contributor.author Sixsmith, Jane
dc.contributor.author Kelleher, Cecily C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-14T19:03:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-14T19:03:17Z
dc.date.issued 2000-06
dc.identifier.citation Barry, M.M., Doherty, A., Hope, A., Sixsmith, J. & Kelleher, C.C. (2000). A community needs assessment for rural mental health promotion. Health Education Research, 15(3), 293-304. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1465-3648
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2605
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the needs assessment phase of a mental health promotion programme for rural communities in Ireland. As part of a larger study encompassing four rural communities, a cross-sectional study of the mental health beliefs and perceptions of 1014 people was carried out. Employing a combination of interviewer-administered questionnaire and the vignette method, the needs assessment explores the levels of awareness, current practices, attitudes and stigma concerning depression and suicide among a randomly selected quota sample of community members. Lower levels of awareness, less confidence in dealing with mental health issues, negative attitudes to help-seeking and social stigma emerge as particular issues for men and the under 40 age group. Women were found to have more positive attitudes generally, were more likely to use informal social support networks and were more open about discussing mental health matters. The predominant interpretation of the depression vignette was to view it as a mental health problem with good prospects for recovery given appropriate help. Social relationships, negative thinking patterns and social stresses were perceived as being particularly important in explaining the origins of depression. The implications of the findings for planning the intervention phase of the project are considered. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Oxford Journals en_US
dc.subject Mental health promotion en_US
dc.subject Rural commmunities en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.subject School of Health Sciences en_US
dc.title A community needs assessment for rural mental health promotion. en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/15.3.293 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder Department of Health (Health Promotion Unit) en_US

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