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Religion and depression in later life

Braam, Arjan W.; Beekman, Aartjan T.F.; van Tilburg, Willem

Current Opinion in Psychiatry: July 1999 - Volume 12 - Issue 4 - p 471-475
Review Article

The recent increase in number of psychiatric epidemiological studies on the role of religion in late life depression suggests that its scientifical and clinical relevance is being re-evaluated. Most studies show that following religion is negatively associated with depression in later life, and represents an important source of coping for those in poor physical health.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Psychiatry, Valerius Clinic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Correspondence to Arjan W. Braam, Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1081-C, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 20 4446769; fax: +31 20 4446775; e-mail:

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.