RELIGIOSITEIT EN DEPRESSIEVE SYMPTOMEN BIJ OUDEREN. EEN STUDIE BIJ OUDEREN IN DE BEVOLKING VAN SASSENHEIM

Translated title of the contribution: Religiosity and depressive symptoms among elderly persons; a study among elder inhabitants of Sassenheim

A. W. Braam*, A. T.F. Beekman, D. J.H. Deeg, W. Van Tilburg

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Abstract

In this survey among 172 elder inhabitants (55-89) of Sassenheim, a semirural town in the Netherlands, the association between religiosity and depressive symptoms is examined. Religiosity is operationalized as religious salience: the importance of religion in one's personal life (Hoge 1985). Both religious salience and depressive symptoms are significandy correlated with gender, marital status, income, age and chronic diseases. A negative association between religious salience and depressive symptoms appears when the mentioned factors are controlled for. Next, elderly with and without chronic diseases are considered separately. A negative association of religious salience with depressive symptoms is present only among those elderly with chronic diseases. This is an indication that religious salience has a buffering effect on the depressive effects of chronic diseases.

Translated title of the contributionReligiosity and depressive symptoms among elderly persons; a study among elder inhabitants of Sassenheim
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)509-519
Number of pages11
JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Volume36
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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