Disability as a risk factor for psychological distress among asian-american elders

dc.contributorKim, Giyeon
dc.contributorDeCoster, Jamie
dc.contributor.advisorCrowther, Martha R.
dc.contributor.authorHuang, Chao-Hui Huang
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T16:35:01Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T16:35:01Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractResearch has shown a strong association between disability and psychological distress (PD) among older adults. However, little is known about how this relation varies among different subgroups of Asian-American elders. The present study aims to examine the relation between disability and PD within five subgroups of Asian Americans age 60 and older (N=1398): Chinese (n = 291), Japanese (n = 175), Koreans (n =383), Filipinos (n = 149), and Vietnamese (n = 400). Data were drawn from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). A generalized linear model (GzLM) analysis was conducted to assess the overall relations of disability with PD, as well as how these effects were moderated by ethnicity. The three types of disabilities being examined (vision/hearing, cognitive, and ADL functional disabilities) were all associated with increased PD. It was also found that the effects of having cognitive or ADL functional disabilities depended on the elder's ethnicity. Having a cognitive or an ADL functional disability led to notably more distress among Filipinos than among those from other Asian subgroups. In addition, the effect of having an ADL functional disability was not significant for Japanese, even though it was significant for all of the other ethnicities. This current study sheds light on understanding disability as a risk factor for poor mental health among the five subgroups of Asian-American elders. The findings can be applied to enhance the psychological wellbeing of disabled Asian American elders by providing culturally-sensitive mental health services tailored to their specific needs.en_US
dc.format.extent40 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0001054
dc.identifier.otherHuang_alatus_0004M_11100
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1536
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectMental health
dc.subjectAging
dc.subjectAsian American studies
dc.titleDisability as a risk factor for psychological distress among asian-american eldersen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.disciplinePsychology
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.A.
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