Rural Residents' Depressive Symptoms and Help-Seeking Preferences: Opportunities for Church-Based Intervention Development

This study examines rural residents' depressive symptoms, helps seeking preferences and perceptions of a church-based group depression intervention, informing feasibility of adapting evidence-based treatment for delivery in rural churches. A cross-sectional survey was administered to 100 member...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Authors: Weaver, Addie; Bybee, Deborah; Elliott, Mark; Hahn, Jessica; Himle, Joseph
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 2019, Volume: 58, Issue: 5, Pages: 1661-1671
Further subjects:B Rural mental health
B Help-seeking preferences
B Depression
B Access to mental health care
B Church-based intervention
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Summary:This study examines rural residents' depressive symptoms, helps seeking preferences and perceptions of a church-based group depression intervention, informing feasibility of adapting evidence-based treatment for delivery in rural churches. A cross-sectional survey was administered to 100 members of 2 churches in a rural Midwestern community; 63 congregants responded. Depression was assessed via the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Descriptive analyses were performed, and 12.9% of respondents screened positive for depression. Another 25% reported mild symptomatology. Respondents preferred informal help seeking, although reported more openness to formal providers to address others' depression. Results suggest receptivity to church-based treatment. Almost two-third of respondents reported they would consider attending a church-based group depression intervention, 80% would recommend it to a friend in need, and 60% indicated it would benefit their community. Delivering evidence-based depression treatment within church settings may provide a viable option for increasing access to care in this rural community.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00807-9