Age-related concomitants of obtaining mental health care in adulthood

Erin L. Woodhead, Ruth Cronkite, Rudolf Moos, Helen Valenstein, Christine Timko

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Objective: To examine the associations between predisposing and need factors and receipt of mental health care and to examine age as a moderator of these associations. Methods: Participants (N=521) were surveyed as part of a larger study on health and adaptation. Results: Obtaining mental health care was predicted by more reliance on approach coping, and more depressive and medical symptoms. Interactions of age x depressive symptoms and age x gender revealed that middle-aged adults with more depressive symptoms and middle-aged men were less likely to obtain care. Conclusions: Middle-aged men and middle-aged adults with depression may not be obtaining needed mental health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-276
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Aging
  • Community mental health care
  • Depression

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