Age differences in symptoms of depression and anxiety: Examining behavioral medicine outpatients

Jennifer H. Goldberg, James N. Breckenridge, Javaid Sheikh

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Abstract

This study examined whether symptoms of depression and concomitant anxiety differed between older and younger medical outpatients referred to a behavioral medicine clinic. In a sample of 178 male veterans aged 21-83 years, older adults (≥60 years) reported lower overall depressive symptoms on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and anxiety symptoms on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory than did younger adults (<60years). Depressive symptoms were highly prevalent. Among older adults, 60.0% scored 10 or higher on BDI and 33.8% scored 16 or higher. Among younger adults, 70.8% scored 10 or higher on BDI, and 48.7% scored 16 or higher. The age difference in overall depressive symptoms was driven by cognitive-affective symptoms. While older adults had lower cognitive-affective symptoms than did younger adults, the two groups did not differ on somatic-performance symptoms. These results suggest the importance of assessing cognitive-affective depressive symptoms in both older and younger male medical outpatients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Behavioral Medicine
Outpatients
Anxiety
Depression
Affective Symptoms
Young Adult
Equipment and Supplies
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Veterans

Keywords

  • Age
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medical patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Age differences in symptoms of depression and anxiety : Examining behavioral medicine outpatients. / Goldberg, Jennifer H.; Breckenridge, James N.; Sheikh, Javaid.

In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 26, No. 2, 04.2003, p. 119-132.

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