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Older rural women's experiences in using rural mental health services
Renwick, Mary K.
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
v, 73 pages : color illustrations
Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-62). "A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
The purpose of this research study was to understand and learn from older rural women’s experiences of using rural mental health services. Older rural women are rarely asked about their experiences in using mental health services. Six women between 60 and 75 years of age were interviewed using van Manen’s method of phenomenology. All the women lived in rural areas and had used rural mental health services in southwest Saskatchewan. The knowledge gained will be used to inform mental health practice, programs, and policy in order to meet the needs of older rural women more effectively. Four main themes were identified: 1) factors leading to the use of mental health services, 2) barriers to mental health services, 3) access to mental health services, and 4) effects of the use of mental health services. A consistent finding was the presence of the social stigma of mental illness and the women’s experience of it in their rural communities. Findings from this project have implications for clinical psychiatric nursing practice, mental health programing and policy to improve care provision, and services for older women living in rural communities. Also, the findings can be used to demonstrate the need for rural mental health services to promote and support the mental health of rural residents and the communities in which they reside.
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Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies