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Divorce ‘can increase risk of depressive episodes’

27th August 2013

Divorce has been associated with an increased risk of future depressive episodes among those with a history of depression in a new study.

A team led by the University of Arizona assessed data from the Midlife Development in the United States study and matched each participant who had separated or divorced to a continuously married person who had the same propensity to divorce, based on previously identified factors.

The results suggested that divorce itself had a significant effect on subsequent depression, independent of factors such as marital discord, neuroticism or hostility that usually lead to separations.

However, this trend was only noted among those with a prior history of depression, suggesting that separation and divorce can exacerbate the underlying risk of the condition but do not increase rates on their own.

Psychological scientist and lead researcher David Sbarra of the University of Arizona said: "People with a history of depression who become divorced deserve special attention for support and counselling services."

Depression is a common condition that affects about one in ten people at some point in their lives, striking people of all genders and ages.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801629710-ADNFCR

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