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ERIC Number: EJ845039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Longitudinal Relationships between Neighboring Behavior and Depressive Symptoms in Hispanic Older Adults in Miami, Florida
Brown, Scott C.; Mason, Craig A.; Perrino, Tatiana; Hirama, Ikkei; Verdeja, Rosa; Spokane, Arnold R.; Cruza-Guet, Maria Cristina; Lopez, Barbara; Pantin, Hilda; Szapocznik, Jose
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n5 p618-634 Jul 2009
This study examines the relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms across 3 years in a prospective study of 273 community-dwelling, Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida. The analyses extend the literature by testing for a bidirectional or reciprocal relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms over time and examining the relationship between these variables in Hispanic older adults, a group at risk of developing depressive symptoms. Structural Equation Modeling with a cross-lagged panel design showed that depressive symptoms were unrelated to subsequent neighboring behavior. However, neighboring behavior was related to subsequent depressive symptoms at every time point, such that higher levels of neighboring behavior were related to lower levels of depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that neighboring behavior may be a protective factor against depressive symptoms in community-dwelling Hispanic older adults. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida