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Lee M , Bhimla A , Ma GX
Depressive Symptom Severity and Immigration-Related Characteristics in Asian American Immigrants
J Immigr Minor Health. 2020 Oct;22(5) :935-945
PMID: 32221768    PMCID: PMC7442700    URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32221768
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Abstract
The study examined immigration factors associated with depressive symptom severity among Asian American immigrants. Participants were 458 Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese adults. Depressive symptom severity was measured by PHQ-9. Overall, the likelihood of being moderately to severely depressed was significantly increased among immigrants living in the US for < 10 years and Korean Americans compared to Chinese Americans. However, mild level of depressive symptoms was not associated with any immigration-related factors. The positive impact of shorter duration of living in the US and a younger age at immigration (</= 17) on depressive symptoms was evident among women but not among men. For men, marital status and education level were significant predictors of being moderately to severely depressed. Differentiating immigrant factors and identifying depressive symptom severity can help drive community and clinical interventions to detect and treat depression early among Asian American immigrants.
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1557-1920 Lee, Minsun Bhimla, Aisha Ma, Grace X U54 CA221704(5)/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States Journal Article United States J Immigr Minor Health. 2020 Mar 27. pii: 10.1007/s10903-020-01004-7. doi: 10.1007/s10903-020-01004-7.