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Spirituality and the successful aging of older Latinos

TitleSpirituality and the successful aging of older Latinos
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHilton, JM, Child, SL
JournalCounseling and ValuesCounseling and Values
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number0160-7960<br/>2161-007X
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2014-12229-003
Keywords*Aging, *Financial Strain, *Latinos/Latinas, *Religiosity, *Spirituality, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), Latinos, aging, spirituality, well being, economic strain, religiosity, Well Being
AbstractUsing face-to-face interviews and a self-report questionnaire, the authors investigated the contributions of spirituality and religiosity to the well-being and levels of depression of 60 Latino adults ages 50 to 84 after controlling for age, health, education, and economic strain. Religiosity and spirituality predicted well-being; however, increases in well-being were associated with lower levels of externalizing religiosity and higher levels of spirituality. Economic strain overshadowed all other variables in predicting depression. Thus, 2 factors predicted the psychological health of Latino elders: Economic strain predicted depression, and spiritual health predicted well-being. Several suggestions for implementing the findings are presented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).