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Correlates of Depression among Chinese Immigrant Elders in Arizona: The Role of Acculturative Stress and Social Support

TitleCorrelates of Depression among Chinese Immigrant Elders in Arizona: The Role of Acculturative Stress and Social Support
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKang, S-Y, Boyas, J, Salehin, M
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social EnvironmentJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume22
Pagination334-350
ISBN Number1091-1359
KeywordsAcculturation -- In Old Age -- Arizona, Aged, Arizona, Bivariate Statistics, Chinese -- Psychosocial Factors -- In Old Age, Coefficient Alpha, Coping, Cross Sectional Studies, Depression -- Diagnosis, Depression -- Ethnology -- In Old Age, Descriptive Statistics, Ethnological Research, Female, Geriatric Depression Scale, Health Status, Human, Immigrants -- Psychosocial Factors -- In Old Age, Linear Regression, Male, Multiple Regression, Psychological Tests, Scales, Sex Factors, Snowball Sample, Stress, Psychological -- In Old Age -- Arizona, Summated Rating Scaling, Support, Psychosocial, Univariate Statistics
AbstractUsing the stress and coping framework, we examined the association between acculturative stress, social support, and depression among Chinese immigrant elders living in Arizona. This cross-sectional study used a snowball sample of 120 respondents. Multiple regression results suggest that English language proficiency, health status, and gender were significant correlates of depression. Findings justify creating intervention programs that target Chinese immigrant elders who are less proficient in English, female, and in poor health. Future research and implications are discussed.
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