alexa The Association Between Acculturation And Cognitive Function Among Chinese Elderly In Chicago
ISSN: 2378-5756

Journal of Psychiatry
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20th Euro Congress on Psychiatrists and Psychologists
August 07-08, 2017 | Rome, Italy

Poh Zhing Loong
RUSH University Medical Center,USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Psychiatry
DOI: 10.4172/2378-5756-C1-024
Abstract
Acculturation is an important cultural process that may contribute to the risk of cognitive impairment for Asian immigrants in the U.S. Unfortunately, minimal research has used acculturation instrument to examine its role in cognitive functioning. The aim of this study was to assess the association between acculturation and cognitive function among Chinese older adult in Chicago. Data were obtained through the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE) study. The PINE Study Acculturation Scaled (range: 12- 60) was used to assess level of acculturation in three dimensions: language preference, media use, and ethnic social relations. We also administered five cognitive function tests: the Chinese Mini-Mental State Examination, the immediate and delayed recall of the East Boston Memory Test, the Digit Span Backwards assessment, and the Symbol Digit Modalities Test. Spearman correlation coefficients were used to examine the relationship between acculturation and cognitive function. Our study indicates lower levels of acculturation among Chinese elderly with the mean scores 15.3 ± 5.1. Older age, more offspring, lower income, fewer years living in the U.S, lower overall health status, and lower quality of life were associated with the lower levels of acculturation. Data analysis revealed that the level of acculturation was strongly associated with cognitive function. Specifically, language preference (r=0.34, p<.001), media use (r=0.25, p<.001), and ethnic social relations (r=0.30, p<.001) were significantly correlated with higher global cognitive score. The level of acculturation is significantly related to cognitive function among the Chinese older adults in Chicago. Future longitudinal studies are needed.
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