CORRELATES AND PREVALENCE OF DEPRESSION IN CHINESE RESIDENTS OF NURSING HOMES IN HONG KONG AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SERVICES AND INTERVENTION POLICIES

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-460
Journal / PublicationLjetopis Socijalnog Rada
Volume17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Abstract

Due to paucity of research on prevalence of depression in Chinese elderly people residing in nursing homes, the present study investigated a set of predictors at personal, physical, social and psychosocial levels among 187 elderly residents in Hong Kong. The results show that 17.6% of the participants reported a manifest level of depression (GDS≥8). Financial strain and physical functioning impairment significantly augmented the likelihood of depression; however, strong support networks at residential settings as well as high self-esteem reduce the likelihood of this mental morbidity. Implications for services and intervention policies as well as further research are briefly discussed.

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  • Chinese elderly people, Depression, Nursing homes, Residential social support, Selfesteem