Religiosity as a protective or prognostic factor of depression in latter life; results from a community survey in The Netherlands

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

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This study examines the impact of religiosity on the incidence and course of depressive syndromes in a community-based sample of elderly people in The Netherlands (n=177). The course of depression was assessed in five waves of measurements, covering a period of 1 year. Religiosity was defined as salience of religion compared to the salience of other aspects of life. Religious salience was not associated with incidence of depression, but showed a relatively strong association with improvement of depression among the respondents who were depressed at the first measurement. This association was most prominent among subjects with poor physical health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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