Memory and depressive symptoms are dynamically linked among married couples: longitudinal evidence from the AHEAD study.

TitleMemory and depressive symptoms are dynamically linked among married couples: longitudinal evidence from the AHEAD study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGerstorf, D, Hoppmann, CA, Kadlec, KM, McArdle, JJ
JournalDev Psychol
Volume45
Issue6
Pagination1595-610
Date Published2009 Nov
ISSN Number1939-0599
Call Numbernewpubs20100129_Gerstorf.pdf
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging, Cognition, depression, Female, Health Status, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Marriage, Mental Recall, Models, Psychological, Quality of Life, Spouses
Abstract

<p>This study examined dyadic interrelations between episodic memory and depressive symptom trajectories of change in old and advanced old age. The authors applied dynamic models to 10-year incomplete longitudinal data of initially 1,599 married couples from the study of Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (M(age) = 75 years at Time 1). The authors found domain-specific lead-lag associations (time lags of 2 years) among wives and husbands as well as between spouses. For memory, better performance among husbands protected against subsequent memory decline among wives, with no evidence of a directed effect in the other direction. For depressive symptoms, wives' scores predicted subsequent depression increase and memory decline among husbands. Possible individual covariates (age, education, functional limitations) and spousal covariates (length of marriage, number of children, and whether the couple remained intact over the study period) did not account for differential lead-lag associations. The findings of antecedent-consequent relations between wives and husbands are consistent with life-span notions that individual development both influences and is influenced by contextual factors such as close social relationships.</p>

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PMID: 19899917

DOI10.1037/a0016346
User Guide Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19899917?dopt=Abstract

Endnote Keywords

Depression Symptoms/Memory Disorders/Old Age/Spouses/Depression Symptoms/Couples

Endnote ID

21710

Alternate JournalDev Psychol
Citation Key7396
PubMed ID19899917
PubMed Central IDPMC4203713
Grant ListR37 AG007137 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG007137 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG09740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG-007137 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R37 AG007137-20 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States