Handedness and depression : evidence from a large population survey
|Title:||Handedness and depression : evidence from a large population survey||Authors:||Denny, Kevin||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1131||Date:||13-Jun-2008||Online since:||2009-05-21T08:42:43Z||Abstract:||There is a considerable body of research arguing for an association between psychotic disorders and atypical brain lateralization – the latter usually being indicated by non-righthandedness. By contrast, there has been less attention given to a possible link between handedness and affective disorders and, unlike the case of psychosis, there is no obvious a priori biological reason for such a link. There are very studies of this in normal populations. This paper uses a new large population survey from twelve European countries to measure the association between handedness and depression. It is found that, using three different measures, left-handers are significantly more likely to have depressive symptoms that right-handers. For example left-handers are about 5% more likely to have reported having ever experienced symptoms of depression compared to about 27% of the total sample. There is no evidence that this effects differs between men and women.||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. Geary Institute||Series/Report no.:||UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series; WP/15/2008||Copyright (published version):||2008, Geary Institute||Subject LCSH:||Left- and right-handedness--Psychological aspects
|Other versions:||http://geary.ucd.ie/images/Publications/WorkingPapers/gearywp200815.pdf||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Geary Institute Working Papers|
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