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ERIC Number: EJ937189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1465
Is Old Age Depressing? Growth Trajectories and Cohort Variations in Late-Life Depression
Yang, Yang
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v48 n1 p16-32 Mar 2007
Findings in previous research on the association of old age and depression are inconsistent due to a confounding of age changes and cohort differences. Using data from an accelerated longitudinal design from the National Institute of Aging Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly, this study addresses three questions: (1) Does the age growth trajectory show an increase in depressive symptoms in late life? (2) Is there cohort heterogeneity in levels of depressive symptoms and age growth trajectories of depressive symptoms? (3) What social risk factors are associated with these effects? Results show evidence of substantial cohort variation in depression. There is also evidence for an age-by-cohort interaction effect. Specifically, depression declined with age more rapidly for earlier cohorts. The growth trajectories can be accounted for by factors associated with historical trends in education, life course stages, health decline, differential survival, stress, and coping resources. (Contains 10 notes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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