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Living in Neighborhoods with History of High Jobless Rates Increases Depression Risk

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Middle-age and older adults living in neighborhoods with historically high rates of unemployment are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than those whose neighborhoods have lower jobless rates, regardless of whether they are employed themselves, according to a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health study headed by Drs. Richard G. Wight and Carol S. Aneshensel of the Department of Community Health Sciences. The findings also suggest that residing in a high-unemployment neighborhood earlier in life takes a toll on an individual’s mental health later in life. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the paper is the latest to come out of Aneshensel’s National Institute on Aging-funded study “Neighborhood SES and Emotional Distress in Old Age.”

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