Acculturation and depressive symptoms in Mexican American couples.

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  • Townsend A
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Abstract

Despite interest in examining the relationship between acculturation and depressive symptomatology among Latinos, limited attention has been given to these factors within the context of the Latino marital environment. The present study examines the role of acculturation in determining depressive symptoms among 173 married, Mexican American (MA) couples who participated in the 1992 Health and Retirement Survey, Wave I, while holding relevant variables (i.e., age, years of formal education, logged lower body difficulties, logged household income, logged household net worth, and logged household size) constant. Aspects of acculturation are measured both at the individual level (language used during interview and nativity) and couple level (dyad concordance on language preference and nativity). Multilevel analysis revealed significant correlation between spouses' depressive symptomatology (intraclass correlation, ? = .41), suggesting that the study of depressive symptoms in MA couples requires attention to their interpersonal contexts. Contrary to expectation, acculturation, logged household size, and socioeconomic variables (education, logged household income, and logged household net worth wealth) were not significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Age and logged lower body disability were significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Discussion focuses on the importance and challenge of assessing acculturation when exploring risk and protective factors on depressive symptomatology among mid-life and older MA couples.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Age Factors
  • Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scal
  • Chi Square Test
  • Data Analysis Software
  • Data Analysis, Statistical
  • Depression -- Epidemiology
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Funding Source
  • Hispanics
  • Human
  • Interviews
  • Intraclass Correlation Coefficient
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Mexico
  • Middle Age
  • P-Value
  • Paired T-Tests
  • Research Instruments
  • Scales
  • Sex Factors
  • United States

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  • Rodríguez Le Sage M

  • A Townsend

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