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Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2002 May-Jun;10(3):297-304.

Stressful life events interacting with cognitive/personality styles to predict late-onset major depression.

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Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.


The current work evaluated the interaction of life stressors with cognitive/personality styles in predicting late-onset depression in 42 elderly outpatients with DSM-IV unipolar Major Depression and 42 nondepressed controls. Control subjects were matched to cases on age, sex, race, and years of education. As suggested by Beck's cognitive theory of depression, a multivariate model indicated that specific stressful-event types interacted with specific cognitive/personality styles in strongly predicting depression onset, adjusting for the positive associations of medical illness and reduced physical functioning with depression.

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