Journal article

Co-morbid depression and chronic illness related to coping and physical and mental health status

Mirella Di Benedetto, Helen Lindner, Helen Aucote, Jacqui Churcher, Stephen McKenzie, Natalie Croning, Erin Jenkins

Psychology Health & Medicine | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014


A partial latent structural regression analysis was used to evaluate the role of coping resources, depression, diet and exercise on mental and physical health status. The sample consisted of 113 participants (59 females and 54 males) with a mean age of 59.38 years (SD = 10.52). Coping resources, depression and exercise explained 52 and 26% of the variance in mental and physical health status, respectively. Fewer coping resources predicted higher levels of depression and both predicted worse mental health. Only higher levels of depression predicted worse physical health status. There were also significant indirect effects of coping on mental and physical health status through depression. The ..

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