Depression and diabetes affects the Latino community in great numbers, therefore social work practitioners must be prepared to meet the specific health and mental needs of the growing Latino population. While considerable literature exists regarding depression in older adults and diabetes, scarce literature addresses the co-occurrence of mental and physical disorders. This study was a secondary data analysis focused on three questions intended to explore the specific and unique needs of older Latino adults with diabetes and depression. Results from the 237 participants revealed that most of the participants' needs were adequately being addressed therefore depressive symptoms and potential for poor coping skills were mitigated through regular monitoring of their health conditions. Implications for social work addressed the need for more research on the intervention tools, service delivery models and treatment plans to decrease depressive symptomatology in older Latinos living with diabetes.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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