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The role of psychosocial and cultural factors as correlates of depressive symptoms in Chinese-American older adults

TitleThe role of psychosocial and cultural factors as correlates of depressive symptoms in Chinese-American older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLin, S, Liu, J, Jang, Y
JournalClinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental HealthClinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental Health
Volume37
Pagination108-119
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0731-7115<br/>1545-2301
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2014-06986-002
Keywords*Aging, *Depression (Emotion), *Psychosocial Factors, *Sociocultural Factors, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), psychosocial factors, cultural factors, depressive symptoms, older adults, Symptoms, us
AbstractBuilding upon the literature showing the negative impact of physical health constraints on depressive symptoms, this study examined the role of health and psychosocial and cultural factors as correlates of depressive symptoms in community-dwelling Chinese-American older adults. Data were drawn from surveys with 108 older Chinese Americans living in the Tampa and Orlando areas of Florida (M age = 70.6 years, SD = 7.70). Results from hierarchical regression analysis suggest the importance of chronic health conditions and functional status as correlates of depressive symptoms. In addition, high levels of sense of mastery and acculturation were also found to be significant. Findings highlight the importance of psychosocial and cultural factors and suggest that such factors need to be considered in efforts to promote the mental health of ethnic minority older adults. Limitations and clinical implications of the findings are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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