Understanding depressive symptoms among community-dwelling Chinese older adults in the Greater Chicago area

Xin Qi Dong, Ruijia Chen, Chengyue Li, Melissa A. Simon

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to examine the prevalence of depressive symptoms among U.S. Chinese older adults. Method: Data were from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE) study, a population-based survey of U.S. Chinese older adults aged 60 years and above. The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to examine depressive symptoms. Results: Of the 3,159 community-dwelling Chinese older adults, 1,717 (54.4%) reported having any depressive symptoms in the last 2 weeks. Older age (r = .09), being female (r = .10), lower income (r = .09), not being married (r = .07), having fewer years in the United States (r = .05), lower overall health status (r = .32), poorer quality of life (r = .14), and worsening health over the past year (r = .24) were significantly and positively correlated with any depressive symptoms. Discussion: Depressive symptoms are common among U.S. Chinese older adults in the Greater Chicago area. Further longitudinal studies should be conducted to better understand risk factors and outcomes of depressive symptoms among U.S. Chinese older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1171
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of aging and health
Volume26
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • depressive symptoms
  • older adults
  • prevalence

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