Factors associated with depression experience of immigrant populations: A study of Korean immigrants

Miyong T. Kim, Hae Ra Han, Sook Shin Hye, Kim B. Kim, Benjamin Lee Hochang

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Abstract

A correlational, cross-sectional study with multivariate analysis was conducted to identify factors that influence the depression experience in 154 Korean immigrants. Based on the stress-health outcome framework, four variables (i.e., sense of mastery, socioeconomic status, social support, and acculturation) were tested for their mediating effects between stress and depression experienced by Korean Americans. Path analyses showed that the negative effect of life stress on depression was buffered by higher levels of sense of mastery and social support in the Korean sample. Implications for future cross-cultural depression research and preventive strategies against depression in immigrant populations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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