A study of the perceptions of depression, spirituality, and treatment among African Americans, 2010

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
A study of the perceptions of depression, spirituality, and treatment among African Americans, 2010
Creator:
Jester, Vickie Marie
Contributor to Resource:
Lyle, Richard
Waymer, Robert W.
Date of Original:
2010-05-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
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Text
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application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: dissertation
Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Degree: 2010
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Social Work, Social Science and Clinical Social Work
This study examines the perceptions of depression, spirituality, treatment modalities including both traditional and nontraditional treatments among African Americans. Two hundred and four respondents were selected for this study utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of African Americans who attended a large metropolitan Atlanta Christian church and self-reported no history of being clinically/medically diagnosed with depression. The survey questionnaire consisted of a demographic information section and questions that defined the four variables, depression, spirituality, traditional treatment and nontraditional treatment. The responses were measured in a four point Likert scale. Phi ( ?) test statistic was used to test the strength of the relationships among the variables. The chi-square test statistic used to test statistical significance of the results. The findings of the study indicated that eighty percent of the participants did not report depressive symptoms. Women reported more depressive symptoms than men. Spirituality was reported as being important in managing depression. However, the majority of the survey respondents would not seek or use traditional or nontraditional treatments for depression. There was a significant statistical difference in the report of depressive symptoms between men and women. Women reported more depressive symptoms. There were no significant differences in the responses among African American men and women in regards to spirituality, traditional and non-traditional treatments.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2010_jester_vickie_marie
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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