Depression and Chronic Health Conditions Among Latinos: The Role of Social Networks
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The purpose of this study was to examine the “buffering hypothesis” of social network characteristics in the association between chronic conditions and depression among Latinos. Cross-sectional self-report data from the San Diego Prevention Research Center’s community survey of Latinos were used (n = 393). Separate multiple logistic regression models tested the role of chronic conditions and social network characteristics in the likelihood of moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms. Having a greater proportion of the network comprised of friends increased the likelihood of depression among those with high cholesterol. Having a greater proportion of women in the social network was directly related to the increased likelihood of depression, regardless of the presence of chronic health conditions. Findings suggest that network characteristics may play a role in the link between chronic conditions and depression among Latinos. Future research should explore strategies targeting the social networks of Latinos to improve health outcomes.
KeywordsDepression Chronic diseases Social network Social support Latinos
The data used for this study came from the San Diego Prevention Research Center’s (SDPRC) 2009 community survey, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U48 DP00036-04).
This study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U48 DP00036-04).
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Conflict of interest
The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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