Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Beverly Leipert

Second Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Forchuk

Third Advisor

Dr. Don Morrow


Purpose: To examine the mental health issues and factors that positively and negatively affect the mental health of rural senior women in southwestern Ontario. Methods: A secondary analysis of a photovoice study that investigated the mental health and factors that affect the mental health of 31 participants in southwestern Ontario. A feminist approach was employed for this study. Results: Three mental health issues were identified. Three factors were found that positively affected participants’ mental health, three factors negatively affected participants’ mental health, and two factors both positively and negatively affected the participants’ mental health. Conclusions: By specifically focusing on mental health, senior women, and the rural context, the findings of this study substantially contribute to the knowledge base regarding rural senior women and mental health.



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