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Functional Disability and Social Conflict Increase Risk of Depression in Older Adulthood Among Bolivian Forager-Farmers

Jonathan Stieglitz, Eric Schniter, Christopher von Rueden, Hillard Kaplan and Michael Gurven

Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 2015, vol. 70, issue 6, 948-956

Abstract: Objectives. To present an explanatory framework for depression in older adulthood in a small-scale society. We propose that depression is a consequence of functional disability, which can reduce subsistence productivity and resource transfers within and across generations. Social conflict can also disrupt resource flows and should be associated with depression.

Date: 2015
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