Aging and Mental Health (AGING MENT HEALTH)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Aging & Mental Health provides a forum for the rapidly expanding field which investigates the relationship between the aging process and mental health. The international impact of the journal is now well recognized. It has readers in over 30 countries, a good impact factor and has been accepted for coverage in MEDLINE, Current Contents and other widely used indexing systems. The journal addresses the mental changes associated with normal and abnormal or pathological aging, as well as the psychological and psychiatric problems of the aging population. Aging & Mental Health covers the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging as they relate to mental health. In particular it encourages an integrated approach between the various biopsychosocial processes and etiological factors associated with psychological changes in the elderly. It also emphasizes the various strategies, therapies and services which may be directed at improving the mental health of the elderly. In this way the journal has a strong alliance between the theoretical, experimental and applied sciences across a range of issues affecting mental health and aging. The journal provides an original and dynamic focus to help integrate the normal and abnormal aspects of mental health in aging. In addition, theoretical issues can be set in the context of the important new practical developments in this field.

Current impact factor: 1.75

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.751
2013 Impact Factor 1.781
2012 Impact Factor 1.677
2011 Impact Factor 1.368
2010 Impact Factor 1.316
2009 Impact Factor 1.127
2008 Impact Factor 1.291
2007 Impact Factor 1.264
2006 Impact Factor 1.197

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.26
Cited half-life 6.40
Immediacy index 0.37
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.75
Website Aging & Mental Health website
Other titles Aging & mental health (Online), Aging and mental health
ISSN 1360-7863
OCLC 37914852
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Aging and Mental Health 01/2016; 20(1):1-1. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1105197
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Gratitude is widely perceived as a key factor to psychological well-being by different cultures and religions. The relationship between gratitude and coping in the context of familial dementia caregiving has yet to be investigated. Design: This study is the first to examine the associations among gratitude, coping strategies, psychological resources and psychological distress using a structural equation modelling approach. Results: Findings with 101 Chinese familial caregivers of persons with dementia (mean age = 57.6, range = 40-76; 82% women) showed that gratitude was related to the greater use of emotion-focused coping (positive reframing, acceptance, humour, emotional social support seeking, religious coping) and psychological resources (caregiving competence and social support). Psychological resources and emotion-focused coping in turn explained the association between gratitude and lower levels of psychological distress (caregiving burden and depressive symptoms). Conclusion: The present results indicate the beneficial role of gratitude on coping with caregiving distress and provide empirical foundation for incorporating gratitude in future psychological interventions for caregivers.
    Aging and Mental Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1114588
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Effects of two mentally stimulating art interventions on processing speed and visuo-spatial cognition were compared in three samples. Method: In a randomized 10-week art intervention study with a pre-post follow-up design, 113 adults (27 healthy older adults with subjective memory complaints, 50 healthy older adults and 36 healthy younger adults) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: visual art production or cognitive art evaluation, where the participants either produced or evaluated art. ANOVAs with repeated measures were computed to observe effects on the Symbol-Digit Test, and the Stick Test. Results: Significant Time effects were found with regard to processing speed and visuo-spatial cognition. Additionally, there was found a significant Time × Sample interaction for processing speed. The effects proved robust after testing for education and adding sex as additional factor. Conclusion: Mental stimulation by participation in art classes leads to an improvement of processing speed and visuo-spatial cognition. Further investigation is required to improve understanding of the potential impact of art intervention on cognitive abilities across adulthood.
    Aging and Mental Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1114587
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Caring for a patient with dementia is a real challenge and can have considerable psychological consequences in the long run. Many caregivers, mostly relatives, feel highly burdened. To develop effective caregiver support to prevent caregivers from getting overburdened, insight is needed into the determinants of burden. The objective of this study is to explore which patient and caregiver characteristics determine the different kinds of caregiver burden over time, both in the short and in the long run. Method: The study was longitudinal. Data on patients and caregivers, general burden and emotional distress were collected at three times: at baseline, at the end of treatment and at nine months. The study was conducted in a psychiatric skilled nursing home with a unit for integrative reactivation and rehabilitation (IRR) and at different sites of home-/day care, assisted living arrangements and nursing home wards (usual care). Results: General burden is shown to be determined by severity of patient's neuropsychiatric symptoms, caregiver's sense of competence, health-related quality of life. Emotional distress is determined by severity of patient's neuropsychiatric symptoms, caregiver's sense of competence, high affiliation and patient gender. Conclusion: In preventing or treating caregiver burden, professional interventions need to aim specifically at diminishing the neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia patients and improving the sense of competence in caregivers.
    Aging and Mental Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1102196
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Quality of life is an important focus of research on dementia, with interest in direct reports of people with dementia and proxy reports of their carers. By exploring the subjective perspectives of unpaid family carers and paid care workers, this study aims to understand how carers construct meaning in narratives about quality of life with dementia. Method: A case-centred approach involved biographical narrative interviews with 10 carers to explore what was important for people with dementia to have a good quality of life. Detailed narrative analysis attended to the linguistic and structural features of accounts to consider how dementia is conceptualised by carers in the framing of quality of life. Results: An individual's perception of how dementia impacts on awareness and behaviour was central to their understanding of quality of life. Carers who constructed dementia as a loss of skills and abilities were able to represent quality of life in positive terms despite the challenges of dementia. Carers who constructed dementia as eroding identity represented quality of life less positively and centred on their own means of coping with a challenging care situation. Conclusion: Findings highlight the importance of helping carers develop positive constructions of quality of life that are associated with understanding dementia as a loss of skills and abilities, rather than as a loss of self. Engaging with subjectivity in carers' biographical narrative accounts is important in the development of quality of life assessment to understand the meanings and emotions that underlie proxy perspectives.
    Aging and Mental Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1109056
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Hospitalization is a major risk for older adults; therefore, it is crucial to provide the appropriate treatment during hospitalization. This study examined hospitalized older adults’ perceptions regarding three groups of treatment providers: nursing staff, family members, migrant home care workers. Method: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 17 hospitalized older adults. Data were gathered by in-depth interviews. Content analysis included open coding, axial coding and integration of the main findings using constant comparisons. Results: Three themes emerged: (1) ‘What is my worth?’ This theme was focused on the participants’ perceptions of themselves as helpless and dependent on others. (2) ‘What would I do without them?’ This theme referred to the perception of the migrant home care workers and nursing staff as essential. It meant immense gratitude, but also a sense of dependency on paid caregivers. (3) ‘They have their own busy life.’ This theme concerned participants’ low treatment expectations from their family members due to their perception of their family members as having multiple obligations. Conclusion: Hospitalized older adults prefer to turn to paid caregivers rather than to their families. Findings are discussed in light of the tension between formal and informal care in countries that are transitioning from traditional family values to modern values, placing the care of older adults by paid caregivers.
    Aging and Mental Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1093604
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    ABSTRACT: The current practice of prescribing psychotropic medication for the management of dementia-related behavioral disturbances is under substantial debate. Using Pearlin's stress process model as theoretical underpinning, the aim of this investigation is to identify caregiver and care recipient characteristics as predictors of anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and antidepressant use among community-dwelling dementia patients. We hypothesized that caregiving burden and patient characteristics, particularly behavior disturbances and pain, would be positively associated with psychotropic medication use. Data for this exploratory, cross-sectional study were drawn from the baseline assessment of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health II trial. Only participants with full baseline information were examined (N = 598). Caregiver characteristics, such as confidence managing problematic behaviors, and care recipient characteristics including pain, problem behaviors, cognitive impairment, and functional impairment, were examined in relation to care recipient psychotropic medication use. Contrary to our hypothesis, behavioral disturbances and burden associated with these disturbances were not significantly associated with psychotropic use. Rather, caregiver characteristics such as race and overall vigilance, and care recipient characteristics such as cognitive status, functional status, and pain were significantly associated with the use of psychotropic medication. Findings differed by class of medication. These exploratory findings suggest the utility of a holistic approach to understanding the factors associated with pharmacotherapy among community-dwelling elders with dementia. Significant associations between caregiver characteristics and care recipient psychotropic medication use suggest that educating caregivers in non-pharmacologic strategies hold promise for a more balanced biopsychosocial approach to maintaining dementia patients in the community.
    Aging and Mental Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/13607863.2015.1075960
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This study examined the relationship between changes in perceived discrimination and changes in depressive symptoms among older people. The association between perceived age discrimination and depressive symptoms was also analyzed longitudinally along with tests to determine whether self-perception of aging mediates this association. Method: Data from two waves (2008 and 2012) of the Health and Retirement Study were used. Longitudinal models were tested using a nationally representative sample of 3921 participants who responded to psychosocial questionnaires in both waves and answered questions about perceived everyday discrimination and attributions of discrimination in 2008. Results: Changes in perceived discrimination was significantly associated with changes in depressive symptoms over time. Perceived age discrimination was significantly related to a change in depressive symptoms over four years and self-perceptions of aging mediated the relationship between perceived age discrimination and depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Findings demonstrate the importance of recognizing perceived discrimination and negative self-perceptions of aging as well as how the negative effects of age discrimination on self-perceptions of aging can be risk factors for the development of depressive symptoms in late life.
    Aging and Mental Health 08/2015; 19(8). DOI:10.1080/13607863.2014.962007