Religion and depression in later life

Arjan W. Braam*, Aartjan T.F. Beekman, Willem Van Tilburg

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The recent increase in number of psychiatric epidemiological studies on the role of religion in late life depression suggests that its scientifical and clinical relevance is being re-evaluated. Most studies show that following religion is negatively associated with depression in later life, and represents an important source of coping for those in poor physical health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-475
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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