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Conceptualizing anxiety and depression: The Japanese American older adult perspective

TitleConceptualizing anxiety and depression: The Japanese American older adult perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsIwamasa, GY, Hilliard, KM, Osato, SS
JournalClinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental HealthClinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental Health
Volume19
Pagination77-93
ISBN Number0731-7115<br/>1545-2301
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1998-02237-006
Keywords*Anxiety, *Concept Formation, *Japanese Cultural Groups, *Major Depression, conceptualization of anxiety & depression, 59-93 yr old Japanese Americans, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Psychological Disorders [3210], us
AbstractThe current study is a qualitative investigation of the conceptualization of anxiety and depression among Japanese American older adults. 29 older adults (aged 59-93 yrs) were interviewed at a senior center where they were members. Results of the interviews suggest that their conceptualization of these disorders is similar to the conceptualization used by most mental health practitioners. However, several participants conceptualized anxiety and depression differently, and at times defined each disorder using symptoms of the other disorder. Most participants believed that both anxiety and depression were preventable, situational, and treatable, and were able to identify possible risk and protective factors. There was some evidence that some of the participants believed that sex, age, and ethnic group differences existed in the severity of anxiety and depression. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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