Title

Association of Socio-Demographic Factors and Parental Education With Depressive Symptoms Among Older African Americans and Caribbean Blacks

Publication Date

2013

Document Type

Article

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine ethnic variation in the relationship between individual socio-demographic factors, parental educational level, and late-life depressive symptoms in older African Americans and Caribbean Blacks. METHOD: This cross-sectional study used data from the National Survey of American Life. A subsample of older African Americans (N = 837) and Caribbean Blacks (N = 271) was analyzed using multiple regression analysis. RESULTS: Findings suggest differences in predictors of depressive symptoms for the two ethnic groups. Among older African Americans, lower educational attainment and lower income were predictive risk factors for higher depressive symptoms. Findings among older Caribbean Blacks suggest that nativity and income were significantly associated with depressive symptoms. This study did not find support for any association between parental education and late-life depressive symptoms. CONCLUSION: This study adds new information by considering ethnic variation in an examination of depressive symptoms in older Black Americans. The results contribute to the growing awareness of the older Caribbean Black population in the United States.

Publication Title

Aging & Mental Health

Volume

17

Issue

6

First Page

732

Last Page

737

DOI

10.1080/13607863.2013.777394

Version

pre-print, post-print

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