A depresszios tunetegyuttes gyakorisaga es egeszsegugyi jelentosege a magyar lakossag koreben

Translated title of the contribution: The prevalence of depressive symptomatology and its health significance in the Hungarian population

M. Kopp, S. Szedmak, J. Loke, A. Skrabski

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INTRODUCTION - On the basis of a national representative survey the authors analysed the prevalence of depressive symptomatology in the Hungarian population over the age of 16. METHODS - Using the same sampling and examination techniques, in 1988 21 000 while in 1995 12 370 persons were interviewed with questionnaires. The questions aimed at their health complaints, the doctor-visiting habits as well as the underlying social, economical and psychological aspects. Detecting depressive symptomatology a shortened version of Beck's depression questionnaire was used. The results of the two surveys were compared. RESULTS - In 1988 24,3% of the population over the age of 16 complained of depressive symptoms, and 2,9% from them suffered in severe depression requiring treatment. In 1995 30,6% of the participants complained of depressive symptomatology, and the percentage of those with severe depression grew considerably (7,1%). Between 1988 and 1995 the population became more polarised in terms of depressive symptomatology: in some strata it decreased, while in the socially deprived strata (those with lower education grade, respectively unemployed and the elderly) a catastrophic increase in the prevalence of depressive symptomatology was observed. In accordance with literature data the authors found significant correlation between the socio-economic situation and sick-days in the previous year. Using the hierarchical log linear analysis the depressive symptomatology seemed to mediate between low socio-economic status and morbidity rate. CONCLUSION - Depressive symptomatology is a fundamental health risk factor, and its recognition and treatment is important in preventing further behavioural disturbances and deterioration of health.

Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)136-144
Number of pages9
JournalLege Artis Medicinae
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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A depresszios tunetegyuttes gyakorisaga es egeszsegugyi jelentosege a magyar lakossag koreben. / Kopp, M.; Szedmak, S.; Loke, J.; Skrabski, A.

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Kopp, M. ; Szedmak, S. ; Loke, J. ; Skrabski, A. / A depresszios tunetegyuttes gyakorisaga es egeszsegugyi jelentosege a magyar lakossag koreben. In: Lege Artis Medicinae. 1997 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 136-144.
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