Longitudinal relationships of religion with posttreatment depression severity in older psychiatric patients: Evidence of direct and indirect effects


Journal Article

Psychiatric patients (age 59+) were assessed before study treatment for major depressive disorder, and again after 3 months. Measures taken before study treatment included facets of religiousness (subjective religiosity, private prayer, worship attendance, and religious media use), social support, and perceived stress. Clinician-rated depression severity was assessed both before and after treatment using the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS). Structural equation modeling was used to test a path model of direct and indirect effects of religious factors via psychosocial pathways. Subjective religiousness was directly related to worse initial MADRS, but indirectly related to better posttreatment MADRS via the pathway of more private prayer. Worship attendance was directly related to better initial MADRS, and indirectly related to better post-treatment MADRS via pathways of lower stress, more social support, and more private prayer. Private prayer was directly related to better post-treatment MADRS. Religious media use was related to more private prayer, but had no direct relationship with MADRS. © 2012 R. David Hayward et al.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hayward, RD; Owen, AD; Koenig, HG; Steffens, DC; Payne, ME

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2012 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2090-133X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2090-1321

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2012/745970

Citation Source

  • Scopus