Conceptualization of depression among Japanese American elders

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dc.contributor.advisor Iwamasa, Gayle en_US Kost, Cecily R. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:08Z 2011-06-03T19:38:08Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1997 .K67 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined how Japanese American elders conceptualize depression. Japanese American elders age 65 years and older (N = 120) were recruited from a senior center in Los Angeles, CA. Participants read a brief vignette that described an individual who met the criteria for major depression and then filled out a series of questionnaires. Counter to prior theories, these Japanese American elders emphasized that the interpersonal criteria contributed to the individual's problem to a lesser degree than the somatic, emotional, and cognitive criteria. These elders expressed Explanatory Models of depression that were similar to Western Conceptualizations of depression. The results also indicated that having an important role within one's family and higher activity levels tended to be related to lower Geriatric Depression Scale scores. Finally, acculturation, generational status, sex, educational level, and income were not related to problem conceptualization. Clinical implications and directions for future research were discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent v, 102 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cross-cultural counseling. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Depression, Mental -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older Japanese Americans -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.title Conceptualization of depression among Japanese American elders en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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