A confirmatory model for depression among Japanese American and part-Japanese American adolescents.

Abstract

A confirmatory model integrating Japanese ethnicity, cultural identity, and depression was developed (N = 140). The model incorporated the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D), Major Life Events Scale, and Japanese Cultural Scale. Japanese American adolescents scored higher on the Japanese Cultural Scale and reported fewer depressive symptoms on the CES-D total and on 2 of the 3 CES-D factors than part-Japanese American adolescents. Predictors for depression were being Japanese American vs. part-Japanese American, female gender, and culturally intensified events. A significant interaction of behavior by self-identification was noted. The model had good overall fit and suggested that the formation of cultural identity may contribute to depressive symptoms experienced by adolescents, particularly adolescents of mixed heritage.

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@article{Williams2005ACM, title={A confirmatory model for depression among Japanese American and part-Japanese American adolescents.}, author={John Kino Yamaguchi Williams and 'iwalani R N Else and Earl S. Hishinuma and Deborah A Goebert and J Chang and Naleen N Andrade and Stephanie T Nishimura}, journal={Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology}, year={2005}, volume={11 1}, pages={41-56} }