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

Frances M. Yang, Yamileth Cazorla-Lancaster, Richard N. Jones

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Abstract

Using 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume63
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Cuban Americans
  • Depression
  • Mexican Americans
  • Older Hispanics
  • Puerto Ricans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Within-group differences in depression among older Hispanics living in the United States. / Yang, Frances M.; Cazorla-Lancaster, Yamileth; Jones, Richard N.

In: Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Vol. 63, No. 1, 01.01.2008.

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