The association between self-rated mental health and symptoms of depression in Korean American older adults

Yuri Jang, Nan Sook Park, Giyeon Kim, Kyung Hwa Kwag, Soonhee Roh, David A. Chiriboga

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Abstract

Objective: The study examined the association of self-rated mental health (SRMH) with three measures of depressive symptoms (the short form CES-D, GDS-SF, and PHQ-9) in Korean American older adults. Method: The sample consisted of 420 community-dwelling Korean American older adults (M age=71.6, SD=7.59) in the New York City metropolitan area. Hierarchical regression models of SRMH were estimated with an array of predictors: (a) sociodemographic characteristics, (b) physical health-related variables, and (c) each of the three depressive symptom measures. Results: The three measures of depressive symptoms were interrelated, and each of them made a significant contribution to the multivariate models of SRMH. The amount of variance explained by the short-form CES-D, GDS-SF, and PHQ-9 was 11%, 10%, and 16%, respectively. Conclusion: Findings show a moderately strong linkage between the measures of depressive symptoms and SRMH and invite further research on SRMH in diverse populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-485
Number of pages5
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2012

Keywords

  • depressive symptoms
  • Korean American older adults
  • self-rated mental health

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