Sompia Paigne
  
Master of Social Work
   California State University at Long Beach

Social Isolation and Depression
among Cambodian American Elderly


The purpose of this study was to explore the level of social isolation and depression among the Cambodian elderly (ages 65-85 years) in America. Data was obtained from fifteen Cambodian elderly refugees by administering the short-form version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the social isolation interview guide designed by the researcher.
      Results indicated that fifty-three percent of respondents ranked “very depressed” according to the GDS depression score rating. However, the respondents’ statements during the interviews do not show significant depression among this group. Similarly, respondents’ statements to the social isolation questions do not indicate significant social isolation. Boredom and the inability to independently travel are among the general complaints among most respondents.


  1. INTRODUCTION
    Statement of the Problem
    Purpose of the Study
    Operationalization of Variables

  2. LITERATURE REVIEW
    The Cambodian Experience
    The U.S. Experience and Mental Health Issues
    Southeast Asian refugees in the U.S.
    Dimensions of Depression
    Dimensions of Social Isolation
    Summary

  3. METHODOLOGY
    Research Design
    Sampling Plan
    Instrument
    Data Collection
    Data Analysis

  4. RESULTS
    Demographics
    Geriatric Depression Scale

  5. DISCUSSION
    Summary of Findings
    Limitations
    Implications for Future Research
    Implications for Social Work Practice

  6. REFERENCES

Although the structure of this thesis has been modified for posting, its substance and the author's findings have not been altered in any way.


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