Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Journal of Aging and Health

Volume

20

Issue

6

First Page

615

Last Page

652

DOI

10.1177/0898264308321001

Keywords

prevalence of depression, correlate of depression, psychosocial theory of depression, older Asian

Abstract

This article critically reviews two decades of empirically based depression studies on older Asian immigrants (OAIs) in North America published in English. The Psychosocial Model of Late-Life Depression is proposed as the conceptual roadmap to help interpret the findings across studies. Methods: Using multiple bibliographic databases, this review systematically summarized and evaluated findings in 24 studies in terms of: (a) the prevalence and severity of depression; (b) demographic, psychosocial, cultural, and health risk factors of depression; and (c) methodological approaches and designs. Results: The results showed that depression is prevalent among OAIs and is linked to gender, recency of immigration, English proficiency, acculturation, service barriers, health status, relationship with children and family, and social support. However, considerable variability in the results, the sample sizes, and the use of measurements were also found across studies. Discussion: Recommendations for future research and the provision of clinical and community services are discussed within the psychosocial model.

Comments

This article was first published in the Journal of Aging and Health (http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0898264308321001). Copyright Sage Publications.

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