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Depressive Disorders and Religious Engagement in Very Old People
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5050-3720
2019 (English)In: Gerontology and geriatric medicine, E-ISSN 2333-7214, Vol. 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To examine associations between religious engagement and depressive disorders in very old people.

Method: This cross-sectional study uses data from the Umea 85+/Gerontological Regional Database (GERDA) study. Every other 85-year-old, every 90-year-old, and everyone more than 95 years from eight municipalities in northern Sweden and Finland were invited: 1,014 persons accepted participation. Data were gathered using questionnaires and assessment scales during structured home visits.

Results: The prevalence of depressive disorders was 35.8%. In a logistic regression model, several factors were adjusted for, such as demographic variables including social factors, diseases, and cognitive and physical functional level. A high level of self-reported religious engagement was independently associated with not having depressive disorders (odds ratio [OR] = 0.58, confidence interval [CI] = [0.38, 0.89]). After stratifying by gender, religious engagement was only significant for women (OR = 0.49, CI = [0.29, 0.82]).

Discussion: There is an association between a high level of religious engagement and being free from diagnosis of depressive disorders among very old women.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 5
Keywords [en]
depression, aged, 80 and above, religion, salutogenesis
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Geriatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161864DOI: 10.1177/2333721419846576ISI: 000475378500001PubMedID: 31192277OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161864DiVA, id: diva2:1340875
Available from: 2019-08-06 Created: 2019-08-06 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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