Association Between Social Support and Depression Help-Seeking Behaviors Among U.S. Chinese Older Adults

Xiaochuan Wang, Stephanie Bergren, Xin Qi Dong

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Objectives: Depression has become one major mental health concern among Asian older adults. Yet, less is known about the role of social support on depression help-seeking among this population. This study examined the association between positive (i.e., open up to, rely on) and negative (i.e., too many demands, criticism) social support and depression help-seeking among U.S. Chinese older adults. Methods: Data were derived from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE). Study sample consisted of 994 U.S. Chinese older adults with depressive symptoms. Results: Stepwise logistic regression results indicated that greater positive social support was associated with increased likelihood of both formal and informal help-seeking behaviors, whereas negative support was not a significant predictor. Discussion: Findings highlight the key role of positive social support in influencing U.S. Chinese older adults’ depression help-seeking behaviors. Tailored strategies are recommended to better meet the mental health needs of this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of aging and health
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


  • mental health
  • minority aging
  • social support


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