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Health Rep. 2007 May;18(2):33-44.

Marital breakdown and subsequent depression.

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Health Analysis and Measurement Group at Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0T6. Michelle.Rotermann@statcan.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examines the relationship between the dissolution of a marital or cohabitating relationship and subsequent depression among Canadians aged 20 to 64.

DATA SOURCES:

Data are from the longitudinal component of the National Population Health Survey (1994/1995 through 2004/2005) and include the household population only.

ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES:

Cross-tabulations were used to examine the association of marital dissolution with change in household income, social support, presence and number of children in the household and employment status over a two-year period. Multiple logistic regression was used to examine associations between marital dissolution and depression over a two-year period among those who had not been depressed two years earlier, while controlling for these changes. To maximize sample size, pooling of repeated observations was used.

MAIN RESULTS:

For both sexes, dissolution of a marriage or co-habiting relationship was associated with higher odds of a new episode of depression, compared with those who remained with a spouse over the two-year period. When the influences of possible confounders were considered, the association between a break-up and depression was weakened, but persisted. Marital dissolution was more strongly associated with depression among men than among women.

PMID:
17578014
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