Risk and Resiliency in the Relationship Between Widowhood and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Mexican Americans.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examined the association between widowhood and depressive symptoms and the extent to which the association is contingent upon risk and resiliency, including immigration status, functional limitations, financial strains, and intergenerational support, among older Mexican Americans. The sample included 344 parent-child pairs reported by 83 respondents. Clustered regression analysis showed that widowhood elevated risks for depressive symptoms. We found that having some functional limitations, having more children and living in the same city with children exacerbated the adverse effects of widowhood on depressive symptoms. We also found that living in the same city with children increased the detrimental effects of widowhood on the depressive symptoms in men, whereas we did not find this pattern in women. The findings highlight the heterogeneity within the widowed Mexican American older adults. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pei, Y; Cong, Z; Wu, B

Published Date

  • June 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 170

PubMed ID

  • 30903551

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-0719

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-3816

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10823-019-09367-7


  • eng