TitleThe association of resilience with mental and physical health among older American Indians: the Native Elder Care Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSchure, MB, Odden, MC, R Goins, T
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska native mental health research (Online)
Date Published2013

We examined the association of resilience with measures of mental and physical health in a sample of older American Indians (AIs). A validated scale measuring resilience was administered to 185 noninstitutionalized AIs aged>=55 years. Unadjusted analyses revealed that higher levels of resilience were associated with lower levels of depressive symptomatology and chronic pain, and with higher levels of mental and physical health. Resilience remained significantly associated with depressive symptomatology after controlling for demographic and other health measures. Our findings suggest that resilience among older AIs has important implications for some aspects of mental and physical health.