Age Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms by Age at Immigration among Older Men and Women of Mexican Descent: The Role of Social Resources

Maria A. Monserud, Kyriakos Markides

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Abstract

Drawing on eight waves of data from the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, this study uses growth curve models to provide a better understanding of the impact of age at immigration and gender on age trajectories of depressive symptoms among older adults of Mexican descent (aged 65+). The findings reveal that (1) regardless of immigrant status and age at immigration, men have similar age trajectories of depressive symptoms; (2) compared with U.S.-born women, late-life (beyond age 50) immigrant women report more depressive symptoms at age 65, whereas midlife (between ages 20 and 49) immigrant women experience steeper increases in these symptoms with age; (3) controlling for socioeconomic status leads to advantages in mental health at age 65, but steeper age-related increases in depressive symptoms among midlife (between ages 20 and 49) immigrant men and fewer depressive symptoms among late-life (beyond age 50) immigrant women.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages513-534
Number of pages22
JournalSociological Perspectives
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

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Keywords

  • age at immigration
  • age trajectories
  • depressive symptoms
  • gender
  • immigrant status
  • Mexicans
  • older adults

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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