Chronic stressors, coping strategies, and depressive symptoms: A comparison across older age groups

Wafaa Sowan, Renana Rutin, Miri Cohen

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Late-life depression is a prevalent mental health problem among older adults. Variations may exist in the intensity of chronic stressors experienced by people in different older age groups and their effects on depressive symptoms. To examine differences among older adults by age group in the experienced intensity of chronic stressors in relation to coping strategies and depressive symptoms. Participants were 114 older adults. The sample was divided into three age groups: 65–72, 73–81, and 82–91. The participants completed questionnaires on coping strategies, depressive symptoms, and chronic stressors. Moderation analyses were conducted. The lowest levels of depressive symptoms were in the young-old age group and the highest levels were in the oldest-old age group. The young-old age group used more engaged and less disengaged coping strategies than the two other groups. The association between intensity of chronic stressors and depressive symptoms was stronger in the two older age groups compared to the youngest (moderating effect of age groups). Differences exist in the relationships among chronic stressors, coping strategies, and depressive symptoms by age groups in the older adult population. Professionals should be aware of the possible differences between age groups in depressive symptoms and the impact of stressors on depressive symptoms in different older adult age groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1046
Number of pages10
JournalStress and Health
Issue number5
Early online date27 Feb 2023
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Depression/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological/psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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