Do multigenerational living arrangements influence depressive symptoms in mid-late life? : Cross-national findings from China and England

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Hu , Y , Ruiz , M , Bobak , M & Martikainen , P 2020 , ' Do multigenerational living arrangements influence depressive symptoms in mid-late life? Cross-national findings from China and England ' , Journal of Affective Disorders , vol. 277 , pp. 584-591 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.07.142

Title: Do multigenerational living arrangements influence depressive symptoms in mid-late life? : Cross-national findings from China and England
Author: Hu, Yaoyue; Ruiz, Milagros; Bobak, Martin; Martikainen, Pekka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Date: 2020-12-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Journal of Affective Disorders
ISSN: 0165-0327
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332973
Abstract: Background: While living alone predicts depression in diverse ageing populations, the impact of multi-generational living is unclear. This study compared mid-late life depressive symptoms by living arrangements between societies with distinct kinship ties. Methods: Repeated data on depressive symptoms and living arrangements over 4 years from 16,229 Chinese (age >= 45) and 10,403 English adults (age >= 50) were analyzed using multilevel mixed-effects logistic regression. Elevated depressive symptoms were identified using the Center for Epidemiological Depression Scale criteria in each study. Results: Higher odds ratios (ORs) of elevated depressive symptoms were found in both Chinese and English adults aged Limitations: Bias may exist because depressed participants are more likely to experience divorce or separation prior to baseline. Conclusions: The relationship between living arrangements and depressive symptoms appears robust and consistent across social contexts, although the mechanisms differ. The protective role of partners in both China and England supports targeting those who do not live with partners to reduce depression.
Subject: Multigenerational living arrangements
Depressive symptoms
Middle and older ages
Cross-national comparison
ADULT CHILDREN
FUNCTIONAL HEALTH
COHORT PROFILE
SOCIAL SUPPORT
MARITAL-STATUS
MENTAL-HEALTH
OLDER-PEOPLE
PARENTS
CONSEQUENCES
GRANDPARENTS
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
5141 Sociology
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