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Title: Loneliness and depression among older European adults: the role of perceived neighborhood built environment
Author: Domènech Abella, Joan
Mundó Blanch, Jordi
Leonardi, Matilde
Chatterji, Somnath
Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Beata
Koskinen, Seppo
Ayuso Mateos, José Luis
Haro Abad, Josep Maria
Olaya Guzmán, Beatriz
Keywords: Solitud
Depressió psíquica
Persones grans
Mental depression
Older people
Issue Date: Mar-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Depression and loneliness act in a synergistic way among older adults. We tested two indicators of the perceived neighborhood built environment (BE) as moderators of the association between these conditions in older European adults. Positive perceptions of neighborhood BE were related to lower levels of loneliness but not to major depressive disorder (MDD). Reporting low BE usability was significantly related to a higher likelihood of feeling lonely except for those suffering from MDD, whereas reporting low BE walkability was significantly related with a high likelihood of loneliness particularly among those with MDD. Therefore, improving neighborhood BE and, specifically, its walkability, might result in a reduction in the prevalence of loneliness.
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It is part of: Health & Place, 2020, vol. 62, num. 102280, p. 1-8
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ISSN: 1353-8292
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