Community service providers' conceptualizations of the needs and services of depressed rural women

Mandy York, Peter Horvath
Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community 2008, 35 (2): 77-90
Representatives from community and volunteer organizations (N = 37) in a rural region of Nova Scotia were interviewed on their views of the causes, prevention and treatment of depression in rural women. Utilizing a qualitative analysis, five themes were identified in their responses: the needs and stresses of women with depression; the problems of women in rural areas; obstacles and barriers to accessing services; the inadequacy of treatment services; and recommendations for improving prevention and treatment. The findings suggested that community service providers were consistent in their views of the needs and stresses of depressed women in rural areas and the kinds of services that would remedy them. Making community service providers aware of the consistencies in their views may promote more inter-agency cooperation and the development of community-centered approaches to the treatment of depression in rural women.

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