Divorce Study: Divorce Increases Depression Only For Some

Posted on Sep 26, 2013

It’s a fact that divorce and depression often go hand-in-hand—even if you know you are making the right decision for you and your family, you are closing a chapter in your life, disrupting the lives of your children, and saying goodbye to what you thought your future would be like. However, a new study has found that divorce doesn’t necessarily result in depression. In fact, only those with a history of depression may be at greater risk for experiencing a depressive episode after a split.

 

The study, which was conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the latest issue of the journal Clinical Psychological Science, examined data from the Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) study. Specifically, researchers looked at four groups of subjects: those who had divorced and had a history of clinical depression, those who had divorced and did not have a history of depression, those who were married and had a history of clinical depression, and those who were married and did not have a history of depression.

 

The results were significant: both those who were married and those who were divorced had a 60 percent chance of a future episode of depression if they experienced depressive mental health issues in the past. On the other hand, both those who were married and those who were divorced had only a ten percent chance of a depressive episode if they had no depression in the past.


What do these results suggest? While divorce increases depression, it mostly does so only for those who are susceptible to depression to begin with. These people, with clinical depression in their history, may have more trouble coping with divorce and its difficulties. Researchers hope that this study will help these people understand that they need to treat depression during and after their divorce.

 

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