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Longitudinal relationships between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms in Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida

TitleLongitudinal relationships between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms in Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBrown, SC, Mason, CA, Perrino, T, Hirama, I, Verdeja, R, Spokane, AR, Cruza-Guet, MCristina, Lopez, B, Pantin, H, Szapocznik, J
JournalJournal of Community PsychologyJournal of Community Psychology
Volume37
Pagination618-634
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number0090-4392<br/>1520-6629
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2009-09904-006
Keywords*Aging, *Latinos/Latinas, *Major Depression, *Neighborhoods, *Symptoms, Affective Disorders [3211], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older), neighboring behavior, major depressive symptoms, Hispanic older adults, longitudinal relationships, us
AbstractThis study examines the relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms across 3 years in a prospective study of 273 community-dwelling, Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida. The analyses extend the literature by testing for a bidirectional or reciprocal relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms over time and examining the relationship between these variables in Hispanic older adults, a group at risk of developing depressive symptoms. Structural Equation Modeling with a cross-lagged panel design showed that depressive symptoms were unrelated to subsequent neighboring behavior. However, neighboring behavior was related to subsequent depressive, symptoms at every time point, such that higher levels of neighboring behavior were related to lower levels of depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that neighboring behavior may be a protective factor against depressive symptoms in community-dwelling Hispanic older adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).