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Handedness and depression, evidence from a large population survey

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  • Kevin Denny

    (School of Economics & Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

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This paper uses a new large population survey from twelve European countries to measure the association between handedness and depression. It is found that depressive symptoms are significantly higher amongst left-handed men. While 19% of right handed men report experiencing depressive symptoms for at least a two week period, the figure for left handed men is almost 25%. For women the corresponding percentages are 33% and 36% respectively but the difference is not statistically significant. Using the EURO-D depression scale gives equivalent results. These results are consistent with one finding from an existing small scale study.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200815.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200815

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  1. Kevin Denny & Vincent O'Sullivan, 2004. "The Economic Consequences of being Left-handed - Some Sinister Results," Working Papers 200422, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  2. Tamás Bartus, 2005. "Estimation of marginal effects using margeff," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 5(3), pages 309-329, September.
  3. Kevin Denny, 2008. "Cognitive ability and continuous measures of relative hand-skill. a note," Working Papers 200805, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
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    by kevin denny in Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less on 2012-04-11 20:15:53
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  1. Johnston, David W. & Nicholls, Michael E. R. & Shah, Manisha & Shields, Michael A., 2010. "Handedness, Health and Cognitive Development: Evidence from Children in the NLSY," IZA Discussion Papers 4774, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Denny, Kevin J., 2011. "Instrumental variable estimation of the effect of prayer on depression," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 73(8), pages 1194-1199.

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