The association between loneliness and depressive symptoms among adults aged 50 years and older: a 12-year population-based cohort study
Fecha de publicación: November 09, 2020
Autores: Siu Long Lee, Eiluned Pearce, Olesya Ajnakina, Prof Sonia Johnson, Prof Glyn Lewis, Farhana Mann, et al.
Background: Loneliness is experienced by a third of older adults in the UK and is a modifiable potential risk factor for depressive symptoms. It is unclear how the association between loneliness and depressive symptoms persists over time, and whether it is independent of related social constructs and genetic confounders. We aimed to investigate the association between loneliness and depressive symptoms, assessed on multiple occasions during 12 years of follow-up, in a large, nationally representative cohort of adults aged 50 years and older in England.