Depression Among Older Mexican American Caregivers

Ann Marie Hernandez, Silvia M. Bigatti

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Abstract

The authors compared depression levels between older Mexican American caregivers and noncaregivers while controlling for confounds identified but not controlled in past research. Mexican American caregivers and noncaregivers (N = 114) ages 65 and older were matched on age, gender, socioeconomic status, self-reported health, and acculturation. Caregivers reported higher scores on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale (CES-D) and were more likely to score in the depressed range than noncaregivers. In a regression model with all participants, group classification (caregiver vs. noncaregiver) and health significantly predicted CES-D scores. A model with only caregivers that included caregiver burden, self-rated health, and gender significantly predicted CES-D scores, with only caregiver burden entering the regression equation. These results suggest that older Mexican American caregivers are more depressed than noncaregivers, as has been found in younger populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-58
Number of pages9
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Mexican American caregivers
  • caregiver versus noncaregiver
  • caregiving
  • depression
  • minority caregiver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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