Age differences and similarities in the correlates of depressive symptoms

Psychol Aging. 2002 Mar;17(1):116-24. doi: 10.1037//0882-7974.17.1.116.


The authors investigated whether several life events or concerns were differentially related to depressive symptoms across 3 adult age groups (young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults). They examined the relationships of 2 measures of depressive symptoms to work status and satisfaction, relationship status and satisfaction, loneliness, recent losses, parenting strain, and caregiving. Some differences between age groups in these relationships were found. Yet, most results suggested that, although the frequency with which people experience specific life events or concerns varies across the adult life span, the relationships between these events or concerns and depressive symptoms are similar across age groups.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics