Age, subjective stress, and depression after ischemic stroke

Michael J. McCarthy, Heidi J. Sucharew, Kathleen Alwell, Charles J. Moomaw, Daniel Woo, Matthew L. Flaherty, Pooja Khatri, Simona Ferioli, Opeolu Adeoye, Dawn O. Kleindorfer, Brett M. Kissela

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The incidence of stroke among younger adults in the United States is increasing. Few studies have investigated the prevalence of depressive symptoms after stroke among different age groups or the extent to which subjective stress at the time of stroke interacts with age to contribute to post-stroke depression. The present study examined whether there exists an age gradient in survivors’ level of depressive symptoms and explored the extent to which financial, family, and health-related stress may also impact on depression. Bivariate analyses (N = 322) indicated significant differences in depression and stress by age group, as well as differences in age and stress by 3-month depression status. Linear regression analyses indicated that survivors between the ages of 25–54 and 55–64 years old had, on average, significantly higher depressive symptom scores. Those with financial, family, and health-related stress at the time of stroke, irrespective of age, also had significantly higher scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Age
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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