Cohort Differences in Depressive Symptoms and Life Satisfaction in 75- and 80-Year-Olds : A Comparison of Two Cohorts 28 Years Apart
Kekäläinen, T., Koivunen, K., Pynnönen, K., Portegijs, E., & Rantanen, T. (2023). Cohort Differences in Depressive Symptoms and Life Satisfaction in 75- and 80-Year-Olds : A Comparison of Two Cohorts 28 Years Apart. Journal of Aging and Health, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/08982643231164739
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Objectives: To examine birth cohort differences in depressive symptoms and life satisfaction in older men and women and the mechanisms underpinning the possible cohort differences. Methods: Two independent cohorts of Finnish men and women aged 75 and 80 were assessed in 1989–1990 (n= 617) and2017–2018 (n= 794). They reported their depressive symptoms (CES-D), current life satisfaction, and evaluation of life until now. Results: The later-born cohort reported fewer depressive symptoms (8.6 ± 7.1 vs. 13.9 ± 8.3) and the differences were similar for the subdomains of depressive symptoms. The later-born cohort was more often mostly satisfied with life until now (90 vs.70%) but not with the current life than the earlier-born cohort. Better self-rated health and education of the later-born cohort partly explain the cohort differences. Discussion: Older people in Finland report fewer depressive symptoms and they are more satisfied with their past life compared to their counterparts assessed 28 years ago. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; European Commission
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
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Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the H2020 European Research Council (693045) and Academy of Finland (310526).
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