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A cross-sectional study of coping resources and mental health of Chinese older adults in the United States.
Aging Ment Health. 2018 11; 22(11):1448-1455.AM

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This study examined the potential influence of coping resources at individual (sense of mastery), family (spousal and family support, children's filial piety), and community levels (community cohesion) on the mental health (depression, anxiety) of U.S. Chinese older adults.

METHODS

The data were derived from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (N= 3,159). Negative binomial regressions were performed to predict depression and anxiety, respectively, by entering the three sets of coping resources separately and jointly, controlling for socio-demographic and acculturation variables.

RESULTS

Stronger sense of mastery and greater perception of children's filial piety were associated with better mental health outcomes. Spousal support was not associated with any mental health outomes, and family support was actually assciated with greater depression and anxiety. Stronger community cohesion was associated with fewer depressive symptoms but greater anxiety.

CONCLUSION

Older immigrants' sense of control and perception that children adhere to traditional family norms are important mental health protective factors. Whereas depending on families for support may compromise their well-being, community cohesion could be a double-edged sword for their mental health. Future studies shall further disentangle the associations among sense of mastery, reliance on family and ethnic enclaves for support, and older immigrants' well-being.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a School of Social Work , University of Iowa , Iowa City , IA , USA.a School of Social Work , University of Iowa , Iowa City , IA , USA.b Rush University Medical Center , Rush Institute For Healthy Aging , Chicago , IL , USA.c School of Nursing , University of Hong Kong , Pokfulam , Hong Kong.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28812377

Citation

Guo, Man, et al. "A Cross-sectional Study of Coping Resources and Mental Health of Chinese Older Adults in the United States." Aging & Mental Health, vol. 22, no. 11, 2018, pp. 1448-1455.
Guo M, Steinberg NS, Dong X, et al. A cross-sectional study of coping resources and mental health of Chinese older adults in the United States. Aging Ment Health. 2018;22(11):1448-1455.
Guo, M., Steinberg, N. S., Dong, X., & Tiwari, A. (2018). A cross-sectional study of coping resources and mental health of Chinese older adults in the United States. Aging & Mental Health, 22(11), 1448-1455. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2017.1364345
Guo M, et al. A Cross-sectional Study of Coping Resources and Mental Health of Chinese Older Adults in the United States. Aging Ment Health. 2018;22(11):1448-1455. PubMed PMID: 28812377.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A cross-sectional study of coping resources and mental health of Chinese older adults in the United States. AU - Guo,Man, AU - Steinberg,Nadia Sabbagh, AU - Dong,Xinqi, AU - Tiwari,Agnes, Y1 - 2017/08/16/ PY - 2017/8/16/pubmed PY - 2019/11/5/medline PY - 2017/8/17/entrez KW - Social support KW - anxiety KW - depression KW - immigrants KW - sense of mastery SP - 1448 EP - 1455 JF - Aging & mental health JO - Aging Ment Health VL - 22 IS - 11 N2 - OBJECTIVES: This study examined the potential influence of coping resources at individual (sense of mastery), family (spousal and family support, children's filial piety), and community levels (community cohesion) on the mental health (depression, anxiety) of U.S. Chinese older adults. METHODS: The data were derived from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (N= 3,159). Negative binomial regressions were performed to predict depression and anxiety, respectively, by entering the three sets of coping resources separately and jointly, controlling for socio-demographic and acculturation variables. RESULTS: Stronger sense of mastery and greater perception of children's filial piety were associated with better mental health outcomes. Spousal support was not associated with any mental health outomes, and family support was actually assciated with greater depression and anxiety. Stronger community cohesion was associated with fewer depressive symptoms but greater anxiety. CONCLUSION: Older immigrants' sense of control and perception that children adhere to traditional family norms are important mental health protective factors. Whereas depending on families for support may compromise their well-being, community cohesion could be a double-edged sword for their mental health. Future studies shall further disentangle the associations among sense of mastery, reliance on family and ethnic enclaves for support, and older immigrants' well-being. SN - 1364-6915 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28812377/A_cross_sectional_study_of_coping_resources_and_mental_health_of_Chinese_older_adults_in_the_United_States_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2017.1364345 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -