Acculturation and Depressive Symptoms Among Mexican American Elders New to the Caregiving Role: Results From the Hispanic-EPESE
Mexican American elders, caregiving, acculturation, depressive symptoms, Hispanic-EPESE
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics associated with becoming a caregiver among Mexican American (MA) elders and to examine predictors of depressive symptoms among the new caregivers 2 years later.
Method: Drawn from the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE), 152 MA recent caregivers and 2,023 other MAs were compared. Residualized change regression analysis was conducted.
Results: At baseline, MAs who had recently become caregivers exhibited a significantly greater number of depressive symptoms compared to those who had not. Controlling for background characteristics, physical health, social support, and baseline depressive symptoms, regression analysis revealed that 2 years later higher acculturation was related to a greater number of depressive symptoms among those who at baseline were new caregivers.
Discussion: Better knowledge of the within-group differences among MA elderly caregivers, especially with respect to acculturation, may better inform interventions for this at-risk group.
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Journal of Aging and Health, v. 23, issue 3, p. 417-432
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Hahn, Elizabeth A.; Kim, Giyeon; and Chiriboga, David A., "Acculturation and Depressive Symptoms Among Mexican American Elders New to the Caregiving Role: Results From the Hispanic-EPESE" (2011). Child and Family Studies Faculty Publications. 27.