Predictors of Depression in Aging South Asian Canadians

D. W. L. Lai, Shireen Surood

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This study examined the prevalence and factors of depression among aging South Asians in Canada. Telephone surveys were conducted with a random sample of aging South Asians aged 55 and above. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to determine the factors of depression, which was measured by an adapted 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale. Over one in five (21.4%) participants reported at least a mild level of depression. A stronger agreement with South Asian cultural values was significantly related to a higher probability of being depressed. Physical health variables were the most significant factors after controlling for socio-demographic and culture-related factors. The findings have demonstrated the linkages between the relationships among socio-cultural factors and depression in older South Asians. Mental health interventions should consider the cultural uniqueness of this target population and the service delivery system should ensure that services are known and accessible to the increasingly culturally diverse aging population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-75
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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