The Effects of Religiosity on Depression Trajectories After Widowhood.

TitleThe Effects of Religiosity on Depression Trajectories After Widowhood.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsHawes, FM, Tavares, J, Ronneberg, CR, Miller, EAlan
ISSN Number1541-3764
Keywordsdepression, Depressive symptoms, religiosity, Social Support, Widowhood

This longitudinal study analyzed data from the 2006-2016 waves of the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Trajectories of depression among older adults ≥ 50 years ( = 1254) were examined over time to explore patterns of depression among those entering widowhood and the potential impact of religiosity on depressive symptoms during various stages of widowhood. Ordinary least squares (OLS) regression analysis was used to examine the association between widowhood and depression and the role of religiosity as a moderator of this association. Older adults experienced a statistically significant increase in depressive symptomology after the onset of widowhood, and depressive symptomology decreased post widowhood, but did not return to pre-widowhood levels. Additionally, high religious service attendance and higher intrinsic religiosity were both associated with lower depressive symptomology. High religious service attendance moderated the relationship between widowhood and depression among widowed older adults living alone.

Citation Key12238
PubMed ID35139669