Ethnicity, social support, and depression among elderly chilean people



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Gallardo Peralta, Lorena and Sánchez Moreno, Esteban and Barrón López de Roda, Ana and Arias Astray, Andrés (2015) Ethnicity, social support, and depression among elderly chilean people. The Journal of Psychology, 149:6 . pp. 601-629. ISSN 0022-3980

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Recent evidence regarding the relationship between social support and depression in elderly people shows the important role of ethnicity. This research describes the characteristics of social support in a sample of elderly people aged 60 and above living in northern Chile (n = 493), and analyzes the differences in the relationship between social support and depression between an indigenous group (Aymara population, n = 147) and a nonindigenous group (white, Caucasian, mestizo, n = 346). Various dimensions of social support were considered: structural elements, functional social support according to source, and community participation. The results show the existence of significant differences in the characteristics and dimensions of social support depending on sex, ethnicity, and marital status. Further, the central role of the family group is observed for both Aymara and nonindigenous elderly people. The hierarchical regression models obtained result in notable differences in the role of the structural, functional, and community elements of support in explaining depression for the ethnic groups considered. © 2014 Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Depression, Elderly people, Ethnicity, Indigenous groups, Social support
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Depresión, Ancianos, Identidad cultural, Apoyo social,
Subjects:Medical sciences > Psychology > Social psychology
Medical sciences > Psychology > Community psychology
ID Code:38313
Deposited On:23 Jun 2017 11:40
Last Modified:29 Nov 2018 13:02

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