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J Aging Health. 2019 Mar 2:898264319825755. doi: 10.1177/0898264319825755. [Epub ahead of print]

Depressive Symptoms Among Aging Hispanic Americans: Longitudinal Effects of Positive Spousal Support and Previous Depressive Symptoms.

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1
1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Falls Church, USA.
2
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
3
3 University of Georgia, Athens, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We aimed to investigate the longitudinal effects of spousal support on aging Hispanic Americans' depressive symptoms using population-based data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

METHOD:

Using hierarchical multiple regressions, we investigated whether baseline positive spousal support and previous depressive symptoms were significant predictors of depressive symptoms 8 years later in a sample of 264 aging Hispanic Americans.

RESULTS:

We discovered that previous depressive symptoms, baseline chronic conditions, and positive spousal support were all significant predictors of long-term depressive symptoms.

DISCUSSION:

Our findings underline the need to address persistent depression and chronic diseases in the aging Hispanic population. We also highlight the potential benefits of empowering spouses as a resource for promoting mental health in this group. These findings are also encouraging for future studies in depression, aging, and comorbidity, especially in the vastly increasing population of aging Hispanic Americans.

KEYWORDS:

Hispanic; depressive symptoms; immigration; older adults; spousal support

PMID:
30829098
DOI:
10.1177/0898264319825755

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