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Depression among older Mexican American caregivers

TitleDepression among older Mexican American caregivers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHernandez, AM, Bigatti, SM
JournalCultur Divers Ethnic Minor PsycholCultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number1099-9809 (Print)<br/>1077-341X (Linking)
Accession Number20099964
KeywordsAcculturation, Age Factors, Aged, Caregivers/ psychology, Cost of Illness, Depression/ epidemiology/etiology, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Mexican Americans/ psychology/statistics & numerical data, Models, Psychological, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Regression Analysis, Sex Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, United States/epidemiology
AbstractThe authors compared depression levels between older Mexican American caregivers and noncaregivers while controlling for confounds identified but not controlled in past research. Mexican American caregivers and noncaregivers (N = 114) ages 65 and older were matched on age, gender, socioeconomic status, self-reported health, and acculturation. Caregivers reported higher scores on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale (CES-D) and were more likely to score in the depressed range than noncaregivers. In a regression model with all participants, group classification (caregiver vs. noncaregiver) and health significantly predicted CES-D scores. A model with only caregivers that included caregiver burden, self-rated health, and gender significantly predicted CES-D scores, with only caregiver burden entering the regression equation. These results suggest that older Mexican American caregivers are more depressed than noncaregivers, as has been found in younger populations.