AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Relationship Between Acculturation and Depression Among Chinese Older Adults in the United States

by Suet Kong

Institution: California State University – Northridge
Year: 2016
Keywords: Key Words: Chinese older adults acculturation depression Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale Patient Health Questionnaire 9; Dissertations, Academic ??? CSUN
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2105312
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/172627


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between acculturation level and depression among Chinese older adults in the United States. The researcher hypothesized that Chinese older adults who were more acculturated, not female, more educated, and had more years of residency in the United Stated would be less depressed. Participants were recruited using convenience sampling from Evergreen Senior Center in Northridge, California. Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale (SL-ASIA) and Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ9) were used to measure acculturation level and depression. Findings did not suggest an association between depression and acculturation level, but demographic variables were important correlates of depression and acculturation level. Implications are discussed from a cultural perspective that more culturally sensitive practices may facilitate acculturation and reduce depression among Chinese elderly population. Advisors/Committee Members: Park, Hyun S (advisor), Levin, Amy C (committee member).