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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2006 Feb;194(2):139-41.

The Stigma Receptivity Scale and its association with mental health service use among bereaved older adults.

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  • 1Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The purpose of this article was to determine whether the Stigma Receptivity Scale (SRS) predicts use of mental health services among community-dwelling bereaved older adults. We analyzed interviews of 135 people in Connecticut to evaluate whether three subscales and 12 SRS items were associated with access to any mental health service in the past 60 days using logistic regression analysis. Two SRS items predicted recent use of mental health services among bereaved individuals with and without complicated grief: receptivity to a bereavement support group (adjusted OR = 5.14; 95% CI, 1.11, 23.85) and individuals who were not concerned about meeting criteria for a mental illness (adjusted OR = 0.07; 95% CI, 0.01, 0.58). The SRS significantly predicted recent access to mental health treatment among bereaved elderly people. This type of measure could be used to determine those most likely in need of education and support to increase their likelihood of accessing mental health services.

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