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Elderly Chinese- and Caucasian-Americans compared on measures of psychic distress, somatic complaints and social competence

TitleElderly Chinese- and Caucasian-Americans compared on measures of psychic distress, somatic complaints and social competence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsRaskin, A, Chien, C-piao, Lin, K-ming
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric PsychiatryInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume7
Pagination191-198
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0885-6230<br/>1099-1166
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1992-34699-001
Keywords*Asians, *Cross Cultural Differences, *Distress, *Emotionality (Personality), *Social Skills, cultural determinants, psychic & somatic distress & emotionality & social competence, Chinese vs Caucasian American 60-99 yr olds, Gerontology [2860], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Sociocultural Factors
AbstractCompared 113 elderly Chinese-American (CHI) community residents (aged 60-99 yrs) and 220 elderly Caucasian-American (CAU) community residents (aged 60-85 yrs) to assess the impact of cultural determinants on self-report and observer ratings of psychic and somatic distress, emotionality, and social competence. As predicted, there was less evidence of psychic distress and emotionality in CHI Ss as compared to CAU Ss. However, contrary to expectations, CHI Ss did not admit to more somatic distress or somatic symptoms than CAU Ss. CAU Ss reported more psychopathology than the CHIs. There was a higher prevalence of attention and memory complaints among CHI Ss compared to CAU Ss. Data indicate that norms obtained from elderly CAUs may not apply to elderly CHIs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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