Longitudinal relationships between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms in Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida

Scott C. Brown, Craig A. Mason, Tatiana Perrino, Ikkei Hirama, Rosa Verdeja, Arnold R. Spokane, Maria Cristina Cruza-Guet, Barbara Lopez, Hilda Pantin, José Szapocznik

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms across 3 years in a prospective study of 273 community-dwelling, Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida. The analyses extend the literature by testing for a bidirectional or reciprocal relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms over time and examining the relationship between these variables in Hispanic older adults, a group at risk of developing depressive symptoms. Structural Equation Modeling with a cross-lagged panel design showed that depressive symptoms were unrelated to subsequent neighboring behavior. However, neighboring behavior was related to subsequent depressive symptoms at every time point, such that higher levels of neighboring behavior were related to lower levels of depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that neighboring behavior may be a protective factor against depressive symptoms in community-dwelling Hispanic older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-634
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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