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Within-group differences in depression among older Hispanics living in the United States

TitleWithin-group differences in depression among older Hispanics living in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsYang, FM, Cazorla-Lancaster, Y, Jones, RN
JournalThe Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social SciencesThe Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume1
Pagination27
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number1079-5014<br/>1758-5368
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2008-03407-004
Keywords*Epidemiology, *Geriatrics, *Group Differences, *Latinos/Latinas, *Major Depression, Affective Disorders [3211], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), us, within-group differences, depression, Hispanic older adults, United States
AbstractUsing the Health and Retirement Study, we examine the prevalence of depression in different groups of Hispanic older adults. Respondents (n = 759) were aged 59 and older and identified themselves as Mexican American (56%), Cuban American (13%), Puerto Rican (8%), other (8%), or not specified (15%). We used a modified version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression scale and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview to assess depressive symptoms and the presence of major depression. Relative to Puerto Ricans, each Hispanic group had significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms, except for Cuban Americans; and each Hispanic group had lower prevalence rates for major depression, except for other Hispanics, even after we adjusted for sociodemographic, cultural factors, socioeconomic, functional limitations, and chronic health conditions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).