Depression and anxiety in older and middle-aged adults with diabetes

Poulsen, Kellee and Pachana, Nancy A. (2012) Depression and anxiety in older and middle-aged adults with diabetes. Australian Psychologist, 47 2: 90-97. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2010.00020.x


Author Poulsen, Kellee
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Depression and anxiety in older and middle-aged adults with diabetes
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Publication date 2012-06-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2010.00020.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 47
Issue 2
Start page 90
End page 97
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
3200 Psychology
Abstract This study aims to compare rates of depressive and anxious symptoms among older adults with and without diabetes. The study also examines differences in depression, anxiety, and diabetes-related emotional distress between middle-aged and older adults with diabetes. A total of 224 participants completed a range of questionnaires measuring depression, anxiety, and diabetes-related emotional distress (if applicable). One hundred and three adults with diabetes (55 middle-aged, mean age=47 years, range 40-59 years and 48 older, mean age=69 years, range 60-81 years) were recruited from a tertiary diabetes clinic. One hundred and twenty-one adults without diabetes (72 middle-aged, mean age=52 years, range 40-59 years and 49 older, mean age=65 years, range 60-76 years) were recruited from either a university student pool or a registry of adults aged 50 and above. Older adults with diabetes had significantly higher levels of depression and comparable levels of anxiety with older adults without diabetes. Older adults with diabetes had significantly lower levels of depression, anxiety, and diabetes-related distress than middle-aged adults with diabetes. Diabetes is associated with high rates of depression and anxiety, with middle-aged adults more adversely affected than older adults.
Keyword Emotional disorders
Health psychology
Psychological aspects of physical disorders
Psychological disorders
Psychological theories
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 25 March 2011

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