Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 309–331

Differences in the Indicators of Depressive Symptoms Among a Community Sample of African–American and Caucasian Older Adults

  • Terry L. Mills
  • Nicole L. Alea
  • Josepha A. Cheong

DOI: 10.1023/B:COMH.0000035227.57576.46

Cite this article as:
Mills, T.L., Alea, N.L. & Cheong, J.A. Community Ment Health J (2004) 40: 309. doi:10.1023/B:COMH.0000035227.57576.46


Depression among older adults is a major public health concern in the U. S. Yet, time and again this condition goes undiagnosed, or attributed to other causes. Despite being treatable, few individuals older than age 65 are treated for this disorder. Using a community sample of 404 African–American and Caucasian older adults, the aim of this study was to identify the sources of racial group variance in self-reports of depressive symptoms. Descriptive and multivariate analyses reveal no racial/ethnic differences in the mean level of depressive symptoms, but differences in the correlates of self-reported depression, as well as differences in the distribution of individual indicators of depressive symptoms.

late-life depressioncommunity mental healthagingolderpsychosocial well beingquality of life

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry L. Mills
    • 1
  • Nicole L. Alea
    • 2
  • Josepha A. Cheong
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Florida, Department of Sociology/Institute on Aging, PO BoxGainesville
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Florida, PO BoxGainesville
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Florida, College of Medicine, PO BoxGainesville