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Older Hispanics' explanatory model of depression

TitleOlder Hispanics' explanatory model of depression
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSadule-Rios, N, Tappen, R, Williams, CL, Rosselli, M
JournalArch Psychiatr NursArch Psychiatr Nurs
Volume28
Pagination242-9
Date PublishedAug
ISBN Number1532-8228 (Electronic)<br/>0883-9417 (Linking)
Accession Number25017557
AbstractCultural variations in the perception of depression make it difficult to recognize the disorder resulting in older Hispanics not being diagnosed and not receiving appropriate treatment. This study used a mixed-method design to explore older Hispanics' explanatory model of depression. Depression was recognized as the result of life stressors and personal weaknesses. Terms used for depressed people included "crazy, worry, bored, and nerves." These culturally coded terms may confound diagnosis among many Hispanics who find depression a shameful condition. Findings can be used to inform the adaptation of culturally relevant approaches to better serve the Hispanic community in this country.