Forgiving others protects women from depression, but not men

October 2015   Comments

Older women who forgave others were less likely to report depressive symptoms regardless of whether they felt unforgiven by others, according to researchers at the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences. However, older men reported the highest levels of depression when they forgave and felt unforgiven. Researchers said they were surprised that forgiving oneself did not more significantly reduce depression. The results may help counsellors of seniors develop gender-appropriate interventions. The researchers analyzed data from the Religion, Aging, and Health Survey, a national survey of more than 1,000 adults age 67 and older.

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