Ethnic Differences in Clinical Presentation of Depression in Adult Women.

  • Myers H
  • Lesser I
  • Rodriguez N
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Abstract

: This study examined ethnic differences in self-report and interviewer-rated depressive symptoms and estimated the contributions of sociodemographic and psychosocial factors in predicting severity of depression. One hundred twenty-five clinically depressed African American (n = 46), Caucasian (n = 36), and Latina (n = 43) women were recruited. After controlling for differences in socioeconomic status, African American women reported more symptoms of distress and Latinas were rated as significantly more depressed than the other groups. However, these ethnic differences were not moderated by either education or employment. Finally, hierarchical regression analysis indicated that severity of depression was predicted by low education, being single, being Latina, high perceived stress, and feelings of hopelessness. Additional research is needed to validate these results and to investigate their clinical significance., (C) 2002 by the American Psychological Association

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Authors

  • Hector Myers

  • Ira Lesser

  • Norma Rodriguez

  • Consuelo Mira

  • Wei-chin Hwang

  • Christina Camp

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