Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
The purpose of this study is to explore whether social workers can recognize depression in the elderly. The elderly who are experiencing depression usually do not seek treatment from mental health professionals. Instead they go to primary care personnel in medical settings. Yet, social workers are employed in medical settings and are part of the primary care personnel. But, often the medical and/or mental health communities' lack of recognition of late life depression results from the attitude that old age is innately a downward spiral into limitations, weakness, helplessness, and burdensome existence.
Ramon, Teresa and Wettengel, Monica Maria, "Can social workers recognize depression in the elderly?" (2011). Theses Digitization Project. 3949.