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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2009 Feb;23(1):41-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2008.02.013. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Intention to seek depression treatment in adolescent mothers and a comparison group of adolescent girls.

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School of Nursing, University of Louisville, 555 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40292, USA. mclogs01@gwise.louisville.edu

Abstract

The aims of the study were (a) to determine the efficacy of the theory of reasoned action in predicting intention to seek depression treatment in adolescent mothers (n = 64) and a comparison group of adolescent girls (n = 65) and (b) to explore the role of empirically suggested variables (e.g., social support and current symptoms of depression) in increasing the explanatory power of the model. Findings between the two groups differed. Subjective norms, but not attitude, was a significant predictor of intention to seek depression treatment in adolescent mothers (F = 4.82, P = .00; R(2) = .14). In the comparison group of adolescent girls, both attitude and subjective norms predicted intention to seek depression treatment (F = 8.56, P = .00, R(2) = .22). The addition of depressive symptoms and social support increased the explanatory power of the model in the comparison group of adolescent girls (R(2) change = 0.10, P = .02) but resulted in the deletion of subjective norms from the regression equation. Implications for further research and practice are discussed.

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19216987
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10.1016/j.apnu.2008.02.013
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