Trajectories of depressive symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood: Chinese Americans versus non-hispanic whites

Angela Chen, Steven Haas, Mary Rogers Gillmore, Albert Kopak

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We examined age, sex, and race/ethnicity differences in trajectories of depressive symptom from adolescence to early adulthood; we also tested whether socioeconomic status and acculturation were associated with the differences. The findings suggest that adolescents over age 15 had a higher level and faster decline in depressive symptoms than their younger counterparts; females had higher level and a faster decline in depressive symptoms than males. Chinese American females had the highest depressive symptoms sustained across 7 years; Chinese American males over age 15 had higher depressive symptoms than their White male counterparts. Neither socioeconomic status nor acculturation was significantly associated with the differences in the trajectories. Our findings suggest a need for greater attention to Chinese American adolescents' psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-191
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011



  • Chinese American
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Health disparities
  • Latent growth curve modeling
  • White

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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