March 1981

Role of Past Loss in Depression

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(3):301-302. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780280069008

• Among 187 depressives, 83 had parental loss before 17 years of age. Parental loss was not related to younger age or to a previous episode of depression. In a matched, controlled study of 102 of the depressives, parental loss before 17 years of age was significantly associated with depression.