Racial/ethnic differences in the association between symptoms of depression and self-rated mental health among older adults

Yuri Jang, Nan Sook Park, Suk Young Kang, David A. Chiriboga

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

30 Scopus citations

Abstract

The study examined racial/ethnic differences in the association between symptoms of depression and self-rated mental health among older adults. Data came from the first wave of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a population-based study of non-institutionalized older adults aged 57 to 85. The sample consisted of non-Hispanic Whites (n = 2,110), Blacks (n = 509), and Hispanics (n = 304). The association between symptoms of depression and self-rated mental health was weaker among minority groups than that among non-Hispanic Whites. Tests of interaction effects showed that the predictability of depressive symptoms to self-rated mental health was substantially weakened among Blacks of advanced ages and Hispanics with multiple chronic conditions. The study explored potential sources of racial/ethnic differences in subjective reports of mental health and called attention to older minorities with advanced ages and cormorbid conditions in mental health services and interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Racial/ethnic differences
  • Self-rated mental health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Racial/ethnic differences in the association between symptoms of depression and self-rated mental health among older adults'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this