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Behavioral correlates of depressive symptoms in older unlike-sex twin-pairs
Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA.
Gerontology Center, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA.
Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
2013 (English)In: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, ISSN 1594-0667, E-ISSN 1720-8319, Vol. 25, no 3, 257-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background and aims: This study examines gender-specific behavioral correlates of depressive symptoms using a secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional, population-based sample of older unlike-sex twins.

Methods: Unlike-sex twins aged 69–88 were identified through a national Swedish registry and sent a survey about health, including depressive symptoms (CES-D) and the frequency of engaging in physical, social and mental activities. A total of 605 complete twin pairs responded.

Results: Depressive symptom scores were associated with frequency of engagement in physical and mental activities, but only in men. No statistically significant associations with depressive symptom scores for any of the three types of activities were found in women.

Conclusions: The results suggest that engaging in physical and mental activities may protect older men from developing depressive symptoms, but longitudinal data are needed to offer more conclusive findings on the role that physical, mental, and social activities play in the maintenance of psychological health in older men and women.

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2013. Vol. 25, no 3, 257-264 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28899DOI: 10.1007/s40520-013-0052-7ISI: 000327390700004PubMedID: 23740593Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84886696649Local ID: HHJÅldrandeISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28899DiVA: diva2:891751
Available from: 2016-01-07 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2016-01-11Bibliographically approved

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