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Examining the relationships between physical functioning, ethnic identity, acculturation, familismo, and depressive symptoms for Latino older adults

TitleExamining the relationships between physical functioning, ethnic identity, acculturation, familismo, and depressive symptoms for Latino older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsChavez-Korell, S, Benson-Florez, G, Rendon, ADelgado, Farias, R
JournalThe Counseling PsychologistThe Counseling Psychologist
Volume42
Pagination255-277
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number0011-0000<br/>1552-3861
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2014-01575-006
Keywords*Acculturation, *Aging, *Depression (Emotion), *Ethnic Identity, *Physical Health, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Latinos/Latinas, physical functioning, ethnic identity, acculturation, depressive symptoms, older adults, us
AbstractIn this study, the authors examined the contributions of physical functioning, acculturation, the Latino cultural value of familismo, and ethnic identity in predicting depressive symptoms in a community sample of Latino older adults. The participants were 98 Latino older adults, age 65 and older, from a moderately sized Midwestern city. Multiple regression analyses indicated that physical functioning, acculturation, familismo, and ethnic identity were significantly related to depressive symptoms. Due to the limited empirical research focused on ethnic identity among older adults, the construct of ethnic identity was closely examined in an effort to extend ethnic identity theory and research specific to Latino older adults. The findings are discussed within the context of ethnic identity theory and implications for research and practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).