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Dementia attitudes and help-seeking intentions: an investigation of responses to two scenarios of an experience of the early signs of dementia

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Abstract


  • Objectives: To investigate associations between dementia-attitudes and help-seeking intentions.

    Method: An online survey of 611 Australian adults (45–60 years) assessed dementia-related attitudes and help-seeking intentions in response to two scenarios of an experience of early dementia: for themselves (Scenario 1); and for a significant other (proxy help-seeking) (Scenario 2). Logistic regression models examined the relationship between four dementia-related attitudes (labelled Personal Avoidance, Fear of Labelling, Fear of Discrimination and Person Centredness) and help-seeking intentions.

    Results: Most participants indicated they would seek help from a general practitioner (GP) for themselves (82.2%) or for a proxy (78.7%) in response to the scenarios. Whilst only 7.2% indicated they would seek help from no-one, 21.3% would delay seeking help. In response to Scenario 1, Personal Avoidance and Fear of Labelling were associated with intentions to delay help-seeking. Fear of both Labelling and Discrimination were associated with intentions to seek help from no-one. In response to Scenario 2, Personal Avoidance was associated with intentions to delay proxy help-seeking and a reduced likelihood of seeking help by phone or and with Fear of Discrimination, via a GP. Fear of Labelling was also associated with an intention to delay proxy help-seeking.

    Conclusion: Efforts to improve help-seeking for dementia should address attitudes relating to stigma including negative labelling and a desire for the avoidance of people with dementia. Fears relating to discrimination indicate a need to build public confidence regarding the capacity of the health and workforce sectors to support people with dementia ethically and appropriately.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Phillipson, L., Magee, C., Jones, S., Reis, S. & Skladzien, E. (2015). Dementia attitudes and help-seeking intentions: an investigation of responses to two scenarios of an experience of the early signs of dementia. Aging and Mental Health, 19 (11), 968-977.

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  • 2-s2.0-84938787332

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/context/sspapers/article/2677/type/native/viewcontent

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1678

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Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 968

End Page


  • 977

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Objectives: To investigate associations between dementia-attitudes and help-seeking intentions.

    Method: An online survey of 611 Australian adults (45–60 years) assessed dementia-related attitudes and help-seeking intentions in response to two scenarios of an experience of early dementia: for themselves (Scenario 1); and for a significant other (proxy help-seeking) (Scenario 2). Logistic regression models examined the relationship between four dementia-related attitudes (labelled Personal Avoidance, Fear of Labelling, Fear of Discrimination and Person Centredness) and help-seeking intentions.

    Results: Most participants indicated they would seek help from a general practitioner (GP) for themselves (82.2%) or for a proxy (78.7%) in response to the scenarios. Whilst only 7.2% indicated they would seek help from no-one, 21.3% would delay seeking help. In response to Scenario 1, Personal Avoidance and Fear of Labelling were associated with intentions to delay help-seeking. Fear of both Labelling and Discrimination were associated with intentions to seek help from no-one. In response to Scenario 2, Personal Avoidance was associated with intentions to delay proxy help-seeking and a reduced likelihood of seeking help by phone or and with Fear of Discrimination, via a GP. Fear of Labelling was also associated with an intention to delay proxy help-seeking.

    Conclusion: Efforts to improve help-seeking for dementia should address attitudes relating to stigma including negative labelling and a desire for the avoidance of people with dementia. Fears relating to discrimination indicate a need to build public confidence regarding the capacity of the health and workforce sectors to support people with dementia ethically and appropriately.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Phillipson, L., Magee, C., Jones, S., Reis, S. & Skladzien, E. (2015). Dementia attitudes and help-seeking intentions: an investigation of responses to two scenarios of an experience of the early signs of dementia. Aging and Mental Health, 19 (11), 968-977.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84938787332

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/context/sspapers/article/2677/type/native/viewcontent

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1678

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 968

End Page


  • 977

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom