Depressive symptoms and multimorbidity: Is there an association for older Black Americans?

Seungjong Cho, Tyrone Hamler

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Objectives: Many existing studies have reported a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms among older Black Americans. They also experience a disproportionate burden of multimorbidity, the presence of multiple chronic conditions. Therefore, this study was to identify the association between depressive symptomatology and multimorbidity among older Black Americans.<br>Methods: This study analyzed the 2014 Health and Retirement Study (<i>N</i> = 1,206). A negative binomial regression was applied to assess the association between multimorbidity and depressive symptomatology.<br>Results: Higher levels of chronic health problems were associated with higher levels of depressive symptomatology among older Black Americans (<i>Incidence Rate Ratio</i> = 1.093; <i>p </i>= .002). Lower self-reported health, lower-income, and lower educational attainment were also related to higher depressive symptoms.<br>Discussion: Older Black Americans experience vulnerability on multiple levels, and shoulderi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-316
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
StatePublished - Dec 19 2020


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