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The effect of age differences in motivation on mental health information processing and help-seeking attitudes and intentions in younger versus older adults

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dc.contributor.supervisor Mackenzie, Corey (Psychology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Erickson, Julie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-16T14:20:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-16T14:20:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/8350
dc.description.abstract Changes in motivation and goals over the lifespan as posited by Carstensen’s Socioemotional Selectivity Theory (1993) have shown to effect information processing and memory, such that motivation-consistent information is more likely to be remembered and evaluated more positively by young and older adults. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of motivation-consistent mental health information on memory for and evaluations of this information as well as attitudes towards mental health services and intentions to seek these services. An Internet-based sample of 160 younger (18-25) and 175 older adults (60+) were randomly assigned to read a mental health information pamphlet that emphasized motivations relevant to either early adulthood or late adulthood. Participants completed measures assessing memory for and subjective evaluation of the pamphlet, and attitudes towards and intentions to seek mental health services. There was no significant interaction between age group and pamphlet version on any of the variables measured; suggesting that designing and implementing motivation-consistent mental health information for different age groups confers little benefit with respect to information retention, as well as attitudes and intentions toward seeking professional psychological help. en_US
dc.subject aging en_US
dc.subject motivation en_US
dc.subject mental en_US
dc.subject help-seeking en_US
dc.title The effect of age differences in motivation on mental health information processing and help-seeking attitudes and intentions in younger versus older adults en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Bailis, Dan (Psychology) Menec, Verena (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2012 en_US


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