Treatment Older/Young Adult Wmn: Victimization/Psychopathology

Treatment Seeking among Older and Younger Adult Women: Victimization Status and Psychopathology

Ron Acierno, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Caroline; Steven R. Lawyer, Idaho State University; Dean G. Kilpatrick, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina

Abstract

A national household probability sample of 3,170 younger adult women (age 18 to 45 years), and 457 (age 60 and older) older adult women was assessed for history of interpersonal violence, disaster exposure, current psychopathology, and help / treatment seeking for emotional problems. Results indicated that, in general, older adult women were less likely to consider; and less likely to actually seek mental health services. This age-based difference held only for assaulted women, and only for those considering services. Contrary to study predictions, no significant differences were observed between age groups in terms of either considering or obtaining mental health services among subgroups exposed to a natural disaster or endorsing current or lifetime psychopathology.

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