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Study Reveals Why Depression Linked to Marital Status in Women

Study Reveals Why Depression Linked to Marital Status in Women

(ePharmaNews) – “Depression is more common in women who are divorced, widowed and married for the second time” This fact about depression makes sense for most of us, no man in the first two cases and more than one man in the latter is an obvious reasons for depression. Anyway, scientists in a recent study concluded their own reasons.

The researchers tried to clarify the results of previous studies which asserted that first-married women have the least depression rates among all other groups. Anyway, none of these studies analyzed the reasons for such differences as it might be secondary for other factors, not for the marital status per se.

The study, which was published in BMJ on March, 3rd, reviewed the records of 6000 American women in a thorough manner in order to better understand the true reasons for their depression. To eliminate the effects of other factors, scientists adjusted the results for the age, race and socioeconomic status of the participant women.

Unexpectedly, financial factor turned out to be the main reason for depression, as divorced, never married and widowed women were more likely to get depressed due to low income in the first place, while the psychological consequences of separation did not have the same effect.

On the other hand, women who are married for the second time or living with a partner without marriage had low self-esteem which was the main reason for increased depression among them.

Finally, it seems that living the “normal” family life offers the biggest hopes of a healthier, happier life.

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Prepared by: Mohammed Kanjo

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