REVIEW – April 2004

Depression and social functioning


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Depression is related to lower social functioning. Problems may arise in everyday objective role-functioning as well as in low subjective satisfaction. The present study examines the relationship of depressive symptoms with objective economic functioning, close relationships and satisfaction in Estonian population. Gender differences are analysed. The data were drawn from the Estonian Health Interview Survey 1996–1997. The results indicate that in Estonia depressiveness is related to the lower current income rather than to permanent asset ownership. Strong relationships were revealed between depressiveness and lack of trusting relationships and low satisfaction in several areas of life. Some gender differences were observed in associations between relationship issues and depressiveness.