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Depression and Health Status Among Community-Dwelling Japanese American Elderly

TitleDepression and Health Status Among Community-Dwelling Japanese American Elderly
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsGellis, ZD, Taguchi, A
JournalClinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental HealthClinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental Health
Volume27
Pagination23-38
ISBN Number0731-7115<br/>1545-2301
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2004-12094-002
Keywords*Health, *Japanese Americans, *Life Experiences, *Major Depression, *Social Support, Affective Disorders [3211], depression, health status, community, Japanese American elderly, life events, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Risk Factors, us
AbstractWe examined in a cross-sectional study the relationships between depression, health status, and life events in 97 Japanese American elderly aged 65 and older. Individuals in their 60s (n=11), 70s (n=58), and 80s (n=28) completed the Geriatric Depression Scale and the SF-12 Health Survey. All respondents had at least one chronic medical condition with heart disease as the most prevalent. Depression was significantly associated with health status. Self-ratings of general health and social support were significantly and negatively associated with depression. Risk factors such as negative life events and family history of depression were associated with higher depression scores. Like other elderly populations, our findings underscore that this ethnic group is vulnerable to depressive symptomatology and may have distinct needs within a multicultural perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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