Family Relations, Social Connections, and Mental Health Among Latino and Asian Older Adults

Man Guo, Shijian Li, Jinyu Liu, Fei Sun

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Abstract

Using a nationally representative sample, we compared Latino and Asian older adults in terms of lifetime and 12-month prevalence of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, anxiety and mood disorders. Given the strong family norms and collectivist cultures shared by the two groups, we also examined whether 12-month prevalence rates were associated with various family relation and social connection variables. The findings showed that older Latinos were almost twice as likely as older Asians to have any anxiety or mood disorders in their lifetime (34.5% vs. 17.7%) and in the past year (14.3% vs. 7.4%). Logistic regressions revealed different predictors of anxiety and mood disorders in the two groups: Family cultural conflict was associated with a higher prevalence of anxiety disorders, whereas family cohesion was associated with a lower prevalence of mood disorders. We argue that more research is needed on negative family interactions and their implications for the mental health of older ethnic minorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-147
Number of pages25
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2015

Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • Latinos
  • anxiety disorders
  • family cohesion
  • family cultural conflict
  • immigration
  • mood disorders
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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