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The relation of pain and depression with various health-promoting behaviors in African American elders

TitleThe relation of pain and depression with various health-promoting behaviors in African American elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPatil, SK, Johnson, AS, Lichtenberg, PA
JournalRehabilitation PsychologyRehabilitation Psychology
Volume53
Pagination85-92
ISBN Number0090-5550
KeywordsAged, Blacks, Depression -- Ethnology, Descriptive Statistics, Female, Geriatric Depression Scale, Health Behavior -- Ethnology, Human, Male, Multiple Regression, P-Value, Pain -- Complications, Pain -- Ethnology, Questionnaires, Scales, Two-Tailed Test
AbstractPurpose/Objective: In this study, the authors investigated how presence of pain interferes with various health behaviors in a sample of urban African American elders, examining depression as a potential mediator. Research Method/Design: 74 African Americans over the age of 60 years and residing in Detroit participated in both self-report questionnaires and physical performance measures. Regression analyses were used to determine the effect of pain interference on health behaviors, and partial correlations were used to determine whether depression mediated the relations. Results: The authors found that pain interference was significantly related to physical functioning and frequency of aerobic exercise. The latter relation (pain interference and frequency of exercise) was partially mediated by depression. Conclusions/Implications: Given these findings, the effect of pain interference on health behaviors is neither simple nor direct, and depression may be a key variable. Identification and treatment of pain and depression in older persons may reduce physical impairment and health care costs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
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