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ERIC Number: ED153129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-19
Pages: 19
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Psychological Distress Among Elderly Mexican Americans and Anglos.
Markides, Kyriakos S.; And Others
Psychological distress is investigated in a sample of elderly Mexican Americans and Anglos residing in a four-census tract area in southwest San Antonio. Comparisons of the two ethnic groups using the Computer Derived Mental Health Rating as the measure of psychological distress show that Mexican Americans exhibit more distress than Anglos. This difference, however, disappears when socioeconomic status is controlled using analysis of variance. No difference by ethnicity is also observed when sex is introduced as a second control variable in the analysis. Findings are compared with recent findings of a study in Houston showing lower distress among Mexican Americans than Anglos where lower distress levels among Mexican Americans were explained in terms of the social selection hypothesis. A critical evaluation of the applicability of the social selection and social stress hypotheses to psychological distress among minority-cultural groups is given. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)