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Family criticism and depressive symptoms in older adult primary care patients: Optimism and pessimism as moderators

Hirsch, Jameson; Walker, Kristin; Wilkinson, Ross; Lyness, Jeffrey


Objective: Depression is a significant global public health burden, and older adults may be particularly vulnerable to its effects. Among other risk factors, interpersonal conflicts, such as perceived criticism from family members, can increase risk for depressive symptoms in this population. We examined family criticism as a predictor of depressive symptoms and the potential moderating effect of optimism and pessimism. Methods: One hundred five older adult, primary care patients completed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.04.008


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