Handedness and depression, evidence from a large population survey
AbstractThis 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200815.
Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jun 2008
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- Kevin Denny, 2008. "Handedness and Depression - Evidence from a Large Population Survey," Working Papers 200814, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
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- 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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