Depression in Mature Marriages: Impact and Implications for Marital Therapy
Recent reviews of MFT literature have shown a failure to address mental health issues of the aging. Chief among these issues is depression, one of the most common psychological disorder found in older people. Although the relationship between depression and aging is a well‐researched topic, few studies approach this common problem from a systemic perspective. Using data from a national survey of preretirement‐ and retirement‐aged couples, this paper discusses the association between depression and marital quality in mature marriages as well the possibility of mediating variables such as the personality construct hardiness. Implications for marital therapy with older coules experiencing depression and future research are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Sandberg, J. G., & Harper, J. M. (1999). Depression in mature marriages: Impact and implications for marital therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 25 (3), 393-406.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sandberg, Jonathan G. and Harper, James M., "Depression in Mature Marriages: Impact and Implications for Marital Therapy" (2007). All Faculty Publications. 2428.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences