Depressive symptomatology and cognitive functioning: an epidemiological survey in an elderly community sample in France

Psychol Med. 1992 Feb;22(1):159-72. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700032815.


As part of a 5-year, prospective, epidemiological survey of normal and pathological ageing, this cross-sectional analysis examines the relationship between depressive symptomatology (CES-D) and cognitive functioning (MMS) in a community sample of 2792 non-institutionalized persons (age greater than or equal to 65) living in Southwest France. Of the sample, 13.4%, report depressive symptoms above the cut-off. A significant association was found between CES-D and MMS scores, but after adjusting for age, living arrangements, and especially functional limitations, the relationship remained strong only for women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / epidemiology*
  • Dementia / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mental Status Schedule / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Prospective Studies
  • Psychometrics