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Depression and Antidepressant Use Among Asian and Hispanic Adults: Association with Immigrant Generation and Language Use

Chen, Ping; Hussey, Jon M.; & Monbureau, Timothy O. (2017). Depression and Antidepressant Use Among Asian and Hispanic Adults: Association with Immigrant Generation and Language Use. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Chen, Ping; Hussey, Jon M.; & Monbureau, Timothy O. (2017). Depression and Antidepressant Use Among Asian and Hispanic Adults: Association with Immigrant Generation and Language Use. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

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This research investigates the psychological well-being and usage of medical treatments by Asian and Hispanic immigrant descendants. Using data from all four waves of Add Health study, this paper focuses on two outcomes: (1) depression and (2) levels of antidepressant use by race/ethnicity, immigrant generation, and linguistic acculturation levels during adulthood. Findings reveal that depression is prevalent among Mexican Americans, other Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Furthermore, Mexican Americans and Asian Americans have reported a lower level of antidepressant use than whites, with Asian Americans attaining the lowest level when immigrant generation, language acculturation levels, and other socioeconomic factors are held constant. We also find that those who are linguistically less acculturated have much lower levels of antidepressant use than their monolingual English-speaking counterparts.


Antidepressant use
Asian and Hispanics
Depression
Immigrant generation
Language acculturation


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Chen, Ping
Hussey, Jon M.
Monbureau, Timothy O.



2017


Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health





May 26, 2017




1557-1912

10.1007/s10903-017-0597-1



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