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Correlates and Predictors of Psychological Distress Among Older Asian Immigrants in California (Journal of Gerontological Social Work)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2013); Racial and Ethnic Groups; Elderly; Asian; Mental and Emotional Health

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CHIS Journal Article

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Psychological distress occurs frequently in older minority immigrants because many have limited social resources and undergo a difficult process related to immigration and acculturation. Despite a rapid increase in the number of Asian immigrants, relatively little research has focused on subgroup mental health comparisons. This study examines the prevalence of psychological distress, and relationship with socio-demographic factors, and health care utilization among older Asian immigrants. Weighted data from Asian immigrants 65 and older from 5 countries who participated in the 2012-2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) were analyzed descriptively and in multiple linear regressions.

The prevalence of psychological distress varied significantly across the 5 ethnic groups, from Filipinos (4.83%) to Chinese (1.64%). General health status, cognitive and physical impairment, and health care utilization are all with psychological distress in multiple linear regressions. These findings are similar to those from previous studies. The findings reinforce the need to develop more culturally effective mental health services and outreach programs.


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