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Screening for depression in immigrant Chinese-American elders: Results of a pilot study

TitleScreening for depression in immigrant Chinese-American elders: Results of a pilot study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsStokes, SChen, Thompson, LW, Murphy, S, Gallager-Thompson, D
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social WorkJournal of Gerontological Social Work
ISBN Number0163-4372<br/>1540-4048
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2002-01442-002
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Immigration, *Major Depression, *Screening, Affective Disorders [3211], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), screening, depression, immigrant Chinese-American elders, us
AbstractDepression is a common mental health problem among Chinese elderly, but it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Despite an increase in the population of elderly Chinese immigrants in the US, there have been few published studies on this topic. The authors' purpose was to determine the extent of depression in the participant population, using an updated Chinese translation of the original 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS; J. A. Yesavage et al, 1983). A convenience sample of 102 Mandarin speaking Chinese elderly participants (aged 60 yrs+) in two senior centers in Santa Clara County, CA was recruited. A total of 29.4% of participants showed symptoms of depression, higher than the range found in the older adult American population (13-20%). Those most likely to be depressed ranged in age from 60-69 yrs (32%), lived with their children (37%), rated their financial and health status as below average, had less than a high school education, and lived in the US for less than 5 years. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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