Impact of major depression and subsyndromal symptoms on quality of life and attitudes toward aging in an international sample of older adults

Eduardo Chachamovich, Marcelo Fleck, Kenneth Laidlaw, Mick Power

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The impact of major depression on quality of life (QOL) and aging experiences in older adults has been reported. Studies have demonstrated that the clinical diagnosis of major depression is the strongest predictor for QOL. We postulate that some findings are biased because of the use of inadequate instruments. Although subsyndromal depression is more prevalent than major depression, there are no reports on its impact on QOL or attitudes toward aging. In the present study we aim at assessing the association of major and subsyndromal depression on QOL and attitudes toward aging in a large international sample.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-602
Number of pages10
JournalThe Gerontologist
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life

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