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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163285
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Community Economies and Mental Health
Author(s):
Barnard, Amy G.
Author Details:
Amy G. Barnard, PhD, APRN, BC, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, email: barnard@nursing.umass.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to shift the focus of treatment for poor rural women who suffer from depression from medication and therapy to their social and economic environment. Participants become activists who rethink the community economy, decreasing their isolation, encouraging responsibility, and engaging them in a financially beneficial enterprise. Background: Women who are poor and living rurally are in triple jeopardy for depression. Impoverished rural environments sustain depression as there are few identifiable ways for the women to break free of their own negative self image. Community-based researchers recognize that community change is the key to individual change. The intervention developed by the Co-PI has been implemented globally and positive impacts on the participants' mental health have been noted anecdotally. This study will use qualitative and quantitative measures to identify impacts upon affective lives of participants. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The methodology for this study is community-based participatory research (CBPR). The goal is to design collaborative research and practice strategies to improve community health and reduce health disparities, based upon true partnership between researchers and community members. The intervention integrates the concepts of a strength based empowerment model, asset-based community development, and a peer-run model. Sample: 25 women over 21 years old, reside in Franklin County, MA, receive Masshealth, diagnosed and treated for Major Depressive Disorder for 1 year but continue to show symptoms impeding quality of life. Setting: Rural Franklin County in western Massachusetts will be the setting. Almost 10% of the population lives at or below the national poverty level. Data Collection and Analysis: Ten focus groups will be conducted to collect data from participants. Thematic analysis will be implemented to determine significant patterns identified within the women's stories. A battery of psychometric measures to quantify changes in depressive symptoms and related affective issues will be administered to participants.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCommunity Economies and Mental Healthen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBarnard, Amy G.en_US
dc.author.detailsAmy G. Barnard, PhD, APRN, BC, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, email: barnard@nursing.umass.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163285-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study is to shift the focus of treatment for poor rural women who suffer from depression from medication and therapy to their social and economic environment. Participants become activists who rethink the community economy, decreasing their isolation, encouraging responsibility, and engaging them in a financially beneficial enterprise. Background: Women who are poor and living rurally are in triple jeopardy for depression. Impoverished rural environments sustain depression as there are few identifiable ways for the women to break free of their own negative self image. Community-based researchers recognize that community change is the key to individual change. The intervention developed by the Co-PI has been implemented globally and positive impacts on the participants' mental health have been noted anecdotally. This study will use qualitative and quantitative measures to identify impacts upon affective lives of participants. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The methodology for this study is community-based participatory research (CBPR). The goal is to design collaborative research and practice strategies to improve community health and reduce health disparities, based upon true partnership between researchers and community members. The intervention integrates the concepts of a strength based empowerment model, asset-based community development, and a peer-run model. Sample: 25 women over 21 years old, reside in Franklin County, MA, receive Masshealth, diagnosed and treated for Major Depressive Disorder for 1 year but continue to show symptoms impeding quality of life. Setting: Rural Franklin County in western Massachusetts will be the setting. Almost 10% of the population lives at or below the national poverty level. Data Collection and Analysis: Ten focus groups will be conducted to collect data from participants. Thematic analysis will be implemented to determine significant patterns identified within the women's stories. A battery of psychometric measures to quantify changes in depressive symptoms and related affective issues will be administered to participants.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:04:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:04:43Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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