Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Teaching & Learning
Elderly American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in the United States are increasing in number, and with their increase come a greater need for quality, culturally sensitive long term care. Mental health is one facet of overall health that is little explored for this particular population. Social engagement has been shown to be a protective factor for depressive symptoms amongst mainstream elder populations. This study looked at data from a nationwide AI/AN elder needs assessment. The purposes of this study were threefold. First, the data were analyzed to describe the characteristics of the study population. Second, a regression analysis was conducted to determine if a relationship existed between self-perceived general health status and a social engagement. Lastly, a regression analysis was conducted to determine if a relationship existed between self-perceived mental health status and social engagement. The analysis of the data did not indicate a strong relationship between the variables. Various aspects on the results and their implications for further research are discussed.
Baker-Demaray, Twyla Beth, "Mental Health And Social Engagement Among American Indian Elders" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 1333.