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Title: Perceptions of psychological mindedness in older adults : attitudes across the lifespan
Author: Leddy, Adrian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 3038
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2008
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Psychological mindedness is a theory originating in the psychoanalytic literature. However it has broad implications and is applicable to nearly all psychological frameworks. Existing research has examined numerous s factors associated with psychological mindedness. Yet no published research exists which examines psychological mindedness in older adults. Older adults grew up at a time where negative cohort beliefs existed around the treatment of mental illness. This thesis aims to investigate whether psychological mindedness is perceived to be different in older and younger adults. One hundred and seven participants were recruited. Fifty were in a younger group (aged 25-40) with the remaining 57 making up an older group (aged 65-80). Each participant was randomised to receive a vignette describing a GP referral to a clinical psychologist for depression. Two vignettes existed which were identical with the exception of the age of the protagonist. After reading the vignette participants completed the adapted psychological mindedness scale and the PANAS.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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