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“You’d Be Depressed Too”: Treatment Acceptability among Mothers who are Economically Disadvantaged
Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children’s Mental Health
  • L. Kris Gowen, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2008
Subjects
  • Low-income mothers -- Mental health --Treatment -- Attitudes,
  • Low income mothers -- Social conditions,
  • Low income mothers -- Health and hygiene
Disciplines
Abstract

Although mothers who are economically disadvantaged have high rates of emotional distress, the rate of their use of mental health services is relatively low. What accounts for this underutilization of care? Although there is evidence that insurance coverage and access to care account for some of this disparity, barriers to mental health services reach beyond basic access issues. When considering why some choose to seek mental health care while others do not, it is important to consider treatment acceptability among low-income mothers.

Treatment acceptability is the extent to which recipients of care perceive that care as “reasonable, justified, fair, and palatable” In other words, it is not enough to make care accessible; it also has to be acceptable, or relevant to the consumer. And the more consumers view treatment as relevant or important, the more likely they are to work to overcome other barriers to seek mental health care. After all, mothers are more likely to overcome obstacles in order to get the care needed for their children than they are to get care for themselves. Therefore, other factors must play a role in order to explain why low-income mothers do not get care for their own mental health.

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Originally appeared in Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children’s Mental Health, Summer 2008, vol. 22, no. 2, pages 17-19.

This article and others may be found at www.rtc.pdx.edu.

Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15838
Citation Information
Gowen, L.K. (2008). “You’d Be Depressed Too”: Treatment Acceptability among Mothers who are Economically Disadvantaged. Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children’s Mental Health, 22(2), pages 17-19.