The Role of Psychosocial and Cultural Factors as Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Chinese-American Older Adults

Shumin Lin, Jielin Liu, Yuri Jang*

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Abstract

Building 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-119
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Chinese-American older adults
  • acculturation
  • depressive symptoms

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