The Association Between Self-Rated Mental Health and Symptoms of Depression in Korean American Older Adults
Aging and Mental Health
Objective: The study examined the association of self-rated mental health (SRMH) with three measures of depressive symptoms (the short form CES-D, GDS-SF, and PHQ-9) in Korean American older adults.
Method: The sample consisted of 420 community-dwelling Korean American older adults (M age = 71.6, SD = 7.59) in the New York City metropolitan area. Hierarchical regression models of SRMH were estimated with an array of predictors: (a) sociodemographic characteristics, (b) physical health-related variables, and (c) each of the three depressive symptom measures.
Results: The three measures of depressive symptoms were interrelated, and each of them made a significant contribution to the multivariate models of SRMH. The amount of variance explained by the short-form CES-D, GDS-SF, and PHQ-9 was 11%, 10%, and 16%, respectively.
Conclusion: Findings show a moderately strong linkage between the measures of depressive symptoms and SRMH and invite further research on SRMH in diverse populations.
self-rated mental health, depressive symptoms, Korean American older adults
Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work
Jang, Yuri; Park, Nan Sook; Kim, Giyeon; Kwag, Kyung Hwa; Roh, Soonhee; and Chiriboga, David A., "The Association Between Self-Rated Mental Health and Symptoms of Depression in Korean American Older Adults" (2012). Department of Social Work. 45.