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LONGITUDINAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN NEIGHBORING BEHAVIOR AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN HISPANIC OLDER ADULTS IN MIAMI, FLORIDA.

Research paper by Scott C SC Brown, Craig A CA Mason, Tatiana T Perrino, Ikkei I Hirama, Rosa R Verdeja, Arnold R AR Spokane, Maria Cristina MC Cruza-Guet, Barbara B Lopez, Hilda H Pantin, José J Szapocznik

Indexed on: 01 Jul '09Published on: 01 Jul '09Published in: Journal of Community Psychology



Abstract

This study examines the relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms across 3 years in a prospective study of 273 community-dwelling, Hispanic older adults in Miami, Florida. The analyses extend the literature by testing for a bidirectional or reciprocal relationship between neighboring behavior and depressive symptoms over time and examining the relationship between these variables in Hispanic older adults, a group at risk of developing depressive symptoms. Structural Equation Modeling with a cross-lagged panel design showed that depressive symptoms were unrelated to subsequent neighboring behavior. However, neighboring behavior was related to subsequent depressive symptoms at every time point, such that higher levels of neighboring behavior were related to lower levels of depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that neighboring behavior may be a protective factor against depressive symptoms in community-dwelling Hispanic older adults.