Eur J Population https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-018-9488-y Risk of Major Depressive Episodes After Separation: The Gender-Speciﬁc Contribution of the Income and Support Lost Through Union Dissolution 1,2 1 1 • • Anne-Lise Biotteau Carole Bonnet Emmanuelle Cambois Received: 5 May 2017 / Accepted: 29 March 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Marital status and union dissolution are strongly associated with health. Separated men and women have a mental health disadvantage compared to part- nered individuals. The lower ﬁnancial and social resources of separated individuals partly explained their poorer health. However, it is unclear whether this association is due to the loss in income and support precisely experienced through the sepa- ration. Due to the frequent asymmetry in partners’ individual resources within couples, these losses are gender-speciﬁc, giving rise to a debate currently in France. As part of this debate, we explored to what extent gender-speciﬁc losses contribute to the separation/mental health association. We used the two-wave survey ‘‘Health and Occupational Trajectories,’’ looking at 7321 individuals aged 25–74 in couple in 2006. We analyzed their depressive symptoms self-reported at second wave (2010) and their association with separation between the two waves; we took into account the concomitant social
European Journal of Population / Revue europ_enne de D_mographie – Springer Journals
Published: May 30, 2018
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