Heterogeneous trajectories of depressive symptoms in late middle age: Critical period, accumulation, and social mobility life course perspectives.

TitleHeterogeneous trajectories of depressive symptoms in late middle age: Critical period, accumulation, and social mobility life course perspectives.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKwon, E, Kim, BR, Lee, H, Park, S
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume30
Issue7
Pagination1011-1041
ISSN Number1552-6887
KeywordsDepressive symptoms, Life trajectories, Socioeconomic factors
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated patterns of depressive symptoms and whether socioeconomic status (SES) across the life course affects these trajectories using the critical period, accumulation, and social mobility models.

METHOD: This study uses data from 8,532 adults, age 51 to 64, collected over 12 years from the Health and Retirement Study (observations = 25,887). A latent class analysis was performed to examine distinct depressive symptom trajectories; life course models were studied with multinomial logistic regression.

RESULTS: Four heterogeneous latent classes were identified for depression: Declining, Low, Increasing, and High and Increasing. The High and Increasing group was associated with a disadvantaged childhood SES, accumulated exposure to socioeconomic risks, and persistent SES disadvantage supporting the three life course models.

DISCUSSION: There was evidence of distinct profiles of depressive symptoms in late middle age and of interrelated life course mechanisms underlying the influences of childhood SES on later life depression.

DOI10.1177/0898264317704540
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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key9125
PubMed ID28553816