Marital quality, gender, and later-life depressive symptom trajectories.

TitleMarital quality, gender, and later-life depressive symptom trajectories.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBulanda, JR, Yamashita, T, J Brown, S
JournalJournal of Women & Aging
Volume33
Issue2
Pagination122-136
ISSN Number1540-7322
KeywordsDepressive symptoms, gender, Marital quality
Abstract

We analyze six waves of data (2006-2016) from the Health and Retirement Study (n = 4,342) to examine how marital quality is associated with depressive symptom trajectories among a group of continuously married older adults. Results show gender parity in how own perceptions of positive and negative dimensions of marital quality are related to depressive symptom trajectories. In addition, spousal perceptions of negative marital quality are positively associated with growth in depressive symptomatology regardless of gender. Spousal perceptions of positive marital quality, however, are associated with lower depressive symptoms only for women.

DOI10.1080/08952841.2020.1818538
Citation Key11269
PubMed ID33308042