Handedness and depression : evidence from a large population survey

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Title: Handedness and depression : evidence from a large population survey
Authors: Denny, Kevin
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/968
Date: 21-May-2008
Abstract: This paper uses a new large population survey from twelve European countries to measure the association between handedness and depression. It is found that that depressive symptoms are significantly higher amongst left-handed men. While 19% of right handed men report experiencing depressive symptoms for at least a two week period, the figure for left handed men is almost 25%. For women the corresponding percentages are 33% and 36% respectively but the difference is not statistically significant. Using the EURO-D depression scale gives equivalent results. These results are consistent with one finding from an existing small scale study.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP08/14
Copyright (published version): University College Dublin. School of Economics, 2008
Subject LCSH: Left- and right-handedness--Psychological aspects
Depression, Mental
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2008/WP08.14.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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