Depressive symptoms among Urban hispanic older adults in Miami: Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates

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Abstract

This study documents a 35% prevalence of clinically relevant depressive symptoms in a population-based sample of mostly Cuban older adults residing in a low-income, urban Miami neighborhood. This rate is comparable to, or higher than, prevalence rates reported by most other population-based samples of U.S. older adults. Logistic regression analyses indicate that perceived financial strain was the only sociodemographic factor associated with greater odds of clinically relevant symptoms when other sociodemographic factors were statistically controlled. Gender, age, and marital status were not related to elevated depressive symptoms. A case study illustrates the impact of financial strain on older adults' mental health. Findings highlight the need for mental health screening and case management services among these older adults, particularly those who experience financial strain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-43
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Financial strain
  • Hispanic
  • Older adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)

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