Social Determinants of Depression Among Hispanic Women

Giovanna De Oliveira, Rosina Cianelli, Karina Gattamorta, Norma Kowalski, Nilda Peragallo

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BACKGROUND: Depression is the number one cause of disability in the world. Hispanic women are at a higher risk for depression than Caucasian and African American women. This is in part due to multiple social determinants of health that affect the individual, family, aggregates, and community. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the social determinants of depression among Hispanic women in South Florida. DESIGN: This is a secondary cross-sectional data analysis. A total of 280 Hispanic women from South Florida between 18 and 50 years of age were analyzed. RESULTS: Depression is prevalent among Hispanic women in South Florida (37.5%). Education, health status, and living with partner were significant predictors of depression in the sample. CONCLUSION: Development of a culturally tailored risk assessment tool that highlights the social determinants of depression in Hispanic women is essential, as it could be used as a standard practice in primary care and other appropriate settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017


  • Hispanic
  • depression
  • social determinants
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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