Background Little is known about seasonal fluctuations in psychological well-being among elderly people.
Method Over a period of 21 months, 1466 elderly people completed the General Health Questionnaire and the Leeds Scales for Depression and Anxiety.
Scores during the winter months (December to February) were compared with those during other months ofthe year.
Results Scores on all scales were significantly higher during the winter months, but there was no difference in rates ofcaseness.
Unlike younger populations, elderly women did not exhibit greater seasonality in well-being than did elderly men.
Conclusions Elderly people exhibit a small seasonal fluctuation in psychological well-being, which is probably of little clinical importance, and there is no gender difference.
The findings support the contention that seasonal mood changes are most pronounced among females of reproductive age.
Mots-clés Pascal : Bien être psychologique, Variation saisonnière, Etude longitudinale, Sexe, Age, Etude cohorte, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychological well being, Seasonal variation, Follow up study, Sex, Age, Cohort study, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0402270
Code Inist : 002A26J05. Création : 19/12/1997.