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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 1091–1097 | Cite as

Friends, Depressive Symptoms, and Life Satisfaction Among Older Korean Americans

  • Soonhee RohEmail author
  • Yeon-Shim Lee
  • Kyoung Hag Lee
  • Tazuko Shibusawa
  • Grace J. Yoo
Original Paper

Abstract

This study examined the interactive effects of social network support and depressive symptoms on life satisfaction among older Korean Americans (KAs). Using data from a sample of 200 elders in a large metropolitan area (M age = 72.50, SD = 5.15), hierarchical regression analysis was used to examine the interaction between social network support and depressive symptoms on life satisfaction among older KAs. After controlling for demographic variables, both social network support and depressive symptoms were identified as predictors for life satisfaction. Interaction effects indicated strong associations between higher social network support specifically from friends and lower depressive symptoms with higher levels of life satisfaction. Findings highlight the important role that friends play in terms of social network support for the mental health of older KAs, and the need for geriatric practitioners to monitor and assess the quality of social network support—including friendships—when working with older KAs.

Keywords

Depressive symptoms Social network support Life satisfaction Older Korean Americans 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soonhee Roh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yeon-Shim Lee
    • 2
  • Kyoung Hag Lee
    • 3
  • Tazuko Shibusawa
    • 4
  • Grace J. Yoo
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkUniversity of South DakotaSioux FallsUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkWichita State UniversityWichitaUSA
  4. 4.Silver School of Social WorkNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Asian American StudiesSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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