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Comparison of Current Life Satisfaction with Level of Depression

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Comparison of Current Life Satisfaction with Level of Depression

Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between life satisfaction and depressive symptoms in healthy elderly adults with a longitudinal study design. Three hundred and ninety eight participants (163 females and 235 males) had to fill out 2 questionnaires and give an interview assessing their level or depression and current life satisfaction. Life satisfaction and depression were measured using the Life Task Participation/Satisfaction Questionnaire and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale respectively. A positive correlation was found between participants with low depressive symptoms and current life satisfaction (r (332) = 0.66, p < 0.001) and a negative correlation was found between participants with high depressive symptoms and current life satisfaction (r (59) = -0.53, p < 0.001). Hence, concluding that current life satisfaction can determine the risk to having or developing depression in healthy elderly adults. Keywords: depression, life satisfaction, elderly, healthy

Comparison of Current Life Satisfaction with Level of Depression Depression is a growing cause of concern worldwide and this is especially true with major depression. Furthermore, major depression was the fifth leading cause of the disease burden in the world in 1999 (Murray, Michaud & Bloom, 2001). Health hazard aside, depression can have fatal consequences (Murray, Michaud & Bloom, 2001). This data along with many others strongly suggests that the problem of depression demands our attention. Even more worrying is that only a proportion of those who suffer from mental problems are reached and diagnosed by health care professionals. Therefore, an improvement is needed in screening for depression. Life dissatisfaction is one factor that might aid in diagnosing depression. Moreover, life dissatisfaction, even when reported by seemingly...

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