Gender differences in the association between religious involvement and depression: the Cache County (Utah) study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examined the relation between religious involvement, membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and major depression in a population-based study of aging and dementia in Cache County, Utah. Participants included 4,468 nondemented individuals between the ages of 65 and 100 years who were interviewed in person. In logistic regression models adjusting for demographic and health variables, frequent church attendance was associated with a reduced prevalence of depression in women but increased prevalence in men. Social role loss and the potential impact of organizational power differential by sex are discussed. Though causality cannot be determined here, these findings suggest that the association between religious involvement and depression may differ substantially between men and women.

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Cited Authors

  • Norton, MC; Skoog, I; Franklin, LM; Corcoran, C; Tschanz, JT; Zandi, PP; Breitner, JCS; Welsh-Bohmer, KA; Steffens, DC; Cache County Investigators,

Published Date

  • May 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 3

Start / End Page

  • P129 - P136

PubMed ID

  • 16670181

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1079-5014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/geronb/61.3.p129


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States