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      The relation between living alone and depressive symptoms in older Korean Americans: do feelings of loneliness mediate?

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          As the opposite end of the continuum from social integration, social isolation may put individuals at a greater risk of poor mental health. Conceptualizing living alone as an objective and structural indicator of social isolation and loneliness as subjective perceptions of social isolation, the present study hypothesized that the relation between living alone and depressive symptoms would be mediated by the feelings of loneliness. Using older Korean Americans as the target population, the mediation model was examined in consideration of the contextual factors such as demographics (age, gender, education, perceived income, and length of stay in the USA), health (chronic conditions and functional disability), and general social integration (size of social network and community social cohesion).

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          Journal
          Aging Ment Health
          Aging & mental health
          Informa UK Limited
          1364-6915
          1360-7863
          Mar 2017
          : 21
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] a School of Social Work , University of South Florida , Tampa , FL , USA.
          [2 ] b School of Social Work , University of Texas at Austin , Austin , TX , USA.
          [3 ] c Department of Mental Health Law and Policy , University of South Florida , Tampa , FL , USA.
          [4 ] d Department of Child and Family Studies , University of South Florida , Tampa , FL , USA.
          Article
          10.1080/13607863.2015.1099035
          26465083

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