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Title: An investigation of the psychometric properties of mood disorder : self-report measures used with older adults with a medical illness
Author: Clifford, C. A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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The growing proportion of older adults in the population and the recognition that this age group is often underserved by health services (Unutzer et al, 1999) has recently led to an increased interest in the study of mental health of older adults. Initial investigations suggest that anxiety is one of the most prevalent psychiatric conditions affecting older adults (Blazer, 1997). Assessing anxiety in older adults is difficult as it may present differently than it does in younger adults (Himmelfarb & Murrel, 1983) and often presents co-morbidly with medical illness and/or other psychiatric conditions (Stanley & Beck, 2000). Many of the existing standardised measures of anxiety have been developed with younger populations and their applicability to older adults is questionable (Blazer, 1997). The primary aim of this study is to investigate the psychometric utility of anxiety self-report measures in older adults who have a co-existing medical illness.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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