Depressive Disorders Among the Chinese Elderly in a Suburban Community

Authors

  • Chwen-Hwa Lu M.S.N., R.N.,

    1. Chwen-Hwa Lu is an Instructor and Shu Yu is an Associate Professor of Nursing, National Yang Ming University, Taipei; Chia-Yih Liu is an Instructor and Inpatient Unit Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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  • Chia-Yih Liu M.D.,

    1. Chwen-Hwa Lu is an Instructor and Shu Yu is an Associate Professor of Nursing, National Yang Ming University, Taipei; Chia-Yih Liu is an Instructor and Inpatient Unit Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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  • Shu Yu M.S.N., M.P.H., R.N.

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    1. Chwen-Hwa Lu is an Instructor and Shu Yu is an Associate Professor of Nursing, National Yang Ming University, Taipei; Chia-Yih Liu is an Instructor and Inpatient Unit Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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Address correspondence, to Shu Yu, M.S.N., M.P.H., R.N., Associate Professor, School of Nursing, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan 11217, R.O.C.

Abstract

Abstract A community survey of depression among the Chinese ≤ 65 years in age was performed in a suburban setting. One hundred and eighty-seven individuals comprised the survey group. Among them, 65 (34.8%) were scored ≤ 11 on the Chinese version of the Geriatric Depression Scale. Compared with nondepressed individuals, those with depressive disorders were more likely to be older and with poor family support. Forward stepwise logistic regression analysis identified only age as significantly correlating with geriatric depression scores.

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