Year: 2007 Source: Community Mental Health Journal, v.43, no.6, (December 2007), p.583-590 SIEC No: 20080136

A questionnaire was conducted with a total of 2763 elderly Japanese to clarify the prevalence of depression in a rural community & to evaluate the social & familial risk factors for depression. The determined prevalence of depressive symptoms was 10.4%. Logistic regression analysis showed associations between depressive symptoms & age, absence of a friendly companion, irritation with one’s family, frequent loneliness, the opinion that stress has a large impact on one’s life, suicide ideation, & poor subjective physical & mental health. (16 refs.)