Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 288–294 | Cite as

Ethnic differences in the marital status and psychological distress relationship

  • D. T. Takeuchi
  • K. N. Speechley
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Summary

This paper examines the relationship between marital status, as a measure of social support, and psychological distress among three ethnic minorities (Japanese Americans, Filipino Americans, and Native Hawaiians) and Caucasians in Hawai'i. A secondary analysis is conducted on survey data collected from a statewide sample of adults. The analyses show that the relationship between marital status and distress conforms to expectations among Caucasians: married adults have a lower level of distress than the non-married. However, the marital status and distress relationship is not consistent across ethnic minorities. We discuss the implications of these findings to the study of social support and distress among ethnic minorities.

Keywords

Public Health Social Support Marital Status Psychological Distress Survey Data 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. T. Takeuchi
    • 1
  • K. N. Speechley
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research Center on Asian American Mental HealthUCLALos AngelesUSA

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