Neighbourhood composition and depressive symptoms among older Mexican Americans

  • Ostir G
  • Eschbach K
  • Markides K
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STUDY OBJECTIVE: Research suggests that economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods confer an increased risk of depression to their residents. Little research has been reported about the association between ethnic group concentration and depression. This study investigated the association between neighbourhood poverty and neighbourhood percentage Mexican American and depressive symptoms for older Mexican Americans in the south western United States. DESIGN: A population based study of older non-institutionalised Mexican Americans from the baseline assessment (1993/94) of the Hispanic established population for the epidemiologic study of the elderly (H-EPESE) merged with 1990 census data. SETTING: Five south western states in the United States. PARTICIPANTS: 3050 Mexican Americans aged 65 years or older. MAIN RESULTS: There was a strong correlation between the percentage of neighbourhood residents living in poverty and the percentage who were Mexican American (r = 0.62; p

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Residence Characteristics
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease
  • Depression/*ethnology/etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexican Americans/*psychology
  • Poverty Areas
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States/epidemiology

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  • G V Ostir

  • K Eschbach

  • K S Markides

  • J S Goodwin

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