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

Yaolin Pei, Zhen Cong, Bei Wu

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
StatePublished - Mar 2019


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