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PREVALENCE OF AND ATTITUDES TOWARD DEPRESSION AMONG FILIPINO AMERICAN WOMEN

By Valerie Mae Kading

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A Master’s Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the COLLEGE OF NURSING In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE In the Graduate College THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 2004

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STATEMENT BY AUTHOR This thesis has been submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for an advanced degree at The University of Arizona and is deposited in the University Library to be made available to borrowers under rules of the Library. Brief quotations from this thesis are allowable without special permission, provided that accurate acknowledgment of source is made. Requests for permission for extended quotation from or reproduction of this manuscript in whole or in part may be granted by the head of the major department or the Dean of the Graduate College when in his or her judgment the proposed use of the material is in the interests of scholarship. In all other instances, however, permission must be obtained from the author.

SIGNED:_______________________________________

APPROVAL BY THESIS DIRECTOR This thesis has been approved on the date shown below:

__________________________________________________ Judith A. Berg, PhD, RNC, WHNP, FAANP Associate Professor of Nursing

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Acknowledgements I would like to thank my thesis chair, Dr. Judy Berg, for her guidance, encouragement, and expertise. For over 4 years and 2 nursing degrees, you have been my mentor and role model. Thank you for believing in me and for all the encouragement, hugs, and kind words of advice. With each of my accomplishments over the years, you have been a significant contributing factor. I would like to thank my thesis committee, Dr. Terry Badger and Mary Vincenz, MSN, PMHNP. I appreciate the expertise on depression that you both contributed to this study. Thank you for your recommendations and valuable insights. Thank you to my husband, Kevin. You have always been my strongest supporter. Despite many days and nights devoted to my own personal growth, your support never wavered. Your unceasing interest in my latest discoveries, theories, and trivial facts made for some fun conversations at the dinner table. You have always fostered my passion for learning and I thank you for always standing by my side. I would also like to thank my parents who have instilled in me the value of education and life long learning. The value and importance of education was one gift given by both of you that has greatly impacted my life. Thank you to all the Filipino women who were so gracious to participate in my study. Through the course of this study and exploration into the Filipino culture, I have met many brilliant, kind, and remarkable Filipinas who in many ways are community leaders and contribute to the well-being of others around them.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS STATEMENT BY AUTHOR..............................................................................................2 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.................................................................................................3 TABLE OF CONTENTS.....................................................................................................4 LIST OF TABLES...............................................................................................................7 LIST OF FIGURES .............................................................................................................8 ABSTRACT.........................................................................................................................9 CHAPTER ONE ................................................................................................................11 Introduction ............................................................................................................11 Problem...
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