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The impact of hearing loss on trajectories of depressive symptoms in married couples.

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West, JS; Smith, SL; Dupre, ME
Published in: Soc Sci Med
March 2023

Hearing loss is a prevalent chronic stressor among older adults and is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes. The life course principle of linked lives highlights that an individual's stressors can impact the health and well-being of others; however, there are limited large-scale studies examining hearing loss within marital dyads. Using 11 waves (1998-2018) of the Health and Retirement Study (n = 4881 couples), we estimate age-based mixed models to examine how 1) one's own hearing, 2) one's spouse's hearing, or 3) both spouses' hearing influence changes in depressive symptoms. For men, their wives' hearing loss, their own hearing loss, and both spouses having hearing loss are associated with increased depressive symptoms. For women, their own hearing loss and both spouses having hearing loss are associated with increased depressive symptoms, but their husbands' hearing loss is not. The connections between hearing loss and depressive symptoms within couples are a dynamic process that unfolds differently by gender over time.

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Soc Sci Med

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EISSN

1873-5347

Publication Date

March 2023

Volume

321

Start / End Page

115780

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Spouses
  • Retirement
  • Public Health
  • Marriage
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Hearing Loss
  • Female
  • Depression
  • Aged
 

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West, J. S., Smith, S. L., & Dupre, M. E. (2023). The impact of hearing loss on trajectories of depressive symptoms in married couples. Soc Sci Med, 321, 115780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115780
West, Jessica S., Sherri L. Smith, and Matthew E. Dupre. “The impact of hearing loss on trajectories of depressive symptoms in married couples.Soc Sci Med 321 (March 2023): 115780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115780.
West JS, Smith SL, Dupre ME. The impact of hearing loss on trajectories of depressive symptoms in married couples. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Mar;321:115780.
West, Jessica S., et al. “The impact of hearing loss on trajectories of depressive symptoms in married couples.Soc Sci Med, vol. 321, Mar. 2023, p. 115780. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115780.
West JS, Smith SL, Dupre ME. The impact of hearing loss on trajectories of depressive symptoms in married couples. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Mar;321:115780.
Journal cover image

Published In

Soc Sci Med

DOI

EISSN

1873-5347

Publication Date

March 2023

Volume

321

Start / End Page

115780

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Spouses
  • Retirement
  • Public Health
  • Marriage
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Hearing Loss
  • Female
  • Depression
  • Aged