Social Determinants and Depression in Later Life

TitleSocial Determinants and Depression in Later Life
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCross-Denny, B
AdvisorHanson, MJ
Number of Pages139
UniversityFordham University
CityUnited States -- New York
Thesis Type3544982
Accession Number1237220473
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Methodology

The social determinants of health and mental health have come to the forefront as a global issue as a result of the World Health Organization's (WHO) initiative to close the health equity gap. The aim of this study is to examine social determinants and the impact on depression over the life span utilizing Cumulative Disadvantage Theory. A secondary data analysis was conducted on the 2010 wave of data from the Health and Retirement Study. A path analysis was used to determine predictors of depression in later life. Findings indicated that age and neighborhood cohesion were predictors of perceived discrimination. Although total causal effects were small for predictors of depression, results indicate a possible protective factor provided by neighborhood cohesion and social support. Implications for social work research and practice are discussed for addressing service needs of the growing older adult population.


Depression 3544982 74191332 1237220473 2013-01-03 0351: Gerontology 66569 n/a Social sciences English Copyright ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing 2012 Social determinants 9781267766014 2012 0347: Mental health Health and environmental sciences Older adults 2839293321 Cross-Denny, Bronwyn

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