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Take a sad song and make it better: Spousal activity limitations, caregiving, and depressive symptoms among couples

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  • Han, Sae Hwang
  • Kim, Kyungmin
  • Burr, Jeffrey A.

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Framed around key concepts of the life course perspective, we examined the linkages between spousal activity limitations, caregiving transitions, and depression among married couples. The key study objectives were 1) to demonstrate how the caregiving-depression link widely reported in earlier research may have been over-stated, and 2) to investigate whether caregiving yields mental health benefits by weakening the link between spousal activity limitations and depressive symptoms.

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  • Han, Sae Hwang & Kim, Kyungmin & Burr, Jeffrey A., 2021. "Take a sad song and make it better: Spousal activity limitations, caregiving, and depressive symptoms among couples," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 281(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:281:y:2021:i:c:s0277953621004135
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114081
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