Depression among elderly Chinese immigrants: an exploratory study

Soc Work. 1996 Nov;41(6):633-45.


Despite an increase in the population of elderly Chinese immigrants, little is known about their mental health problems. The most prevalent mental health problem of elderly people-depression-often goes unrecognized and untreated. In an interview format, the author administered the Geriatric Depression Scale and measures of health status, living situation, stressful life events, and informal support to a community sample of 50 elderly Chinese immigrants recruited at senior centers and meal sites. Respondents who rated their health as good, who lived with others, and who were satisfied with help received from family members were least likely to be depressed. The impact of these factors on the mental health of elderly Chinese immigrants can be understood in light of their unique cultural values.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Asian Americans / psychology*
  • China / ethnology
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Support
  • United States / epidemiology