Category Archives: Depression

The politics of depression: Associations between political beliefs and adolescent mental health

In a manuscript recently published in SSM Mental Health, Catherine Gimbrone and colleagues investigated the role that political beliefs play in shaping adolescent psychological wellbeing. After decades of relative stability, adolescent mental health has sharply declined over the past decade, … Continue reading

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The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on population mental health: An analysis of GPS and Google search volume data

Catherine Gimbrone and colleagues recently published a paper in the journal PLoS One exploring the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on population mental health. Using novel data sources that allow for near-real-time analysis of population behavior and thought, they found that … Continue reading

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Blues and Pews: Explaining US adolescent depressive symptom trends through declines in religious beliefs and service attendance

Depressive symptoms have been spiking among US adolescents for nearly a decade, and the by Noah Kreski and colleagues aimed to examine the role of religious factors in this growing trend. Historically, religious engagement has been linked to better mental … Continue reading

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“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act”1: Racial sexual exclusivity as both an effect and a protection against discrimination for Black sexual minority men

Often in public health, sexual relationships between Black gay, bisexual, and other sexual minority men (SMM) are framed as sources of risk and disease, especially in terms of HIV transmission. However, Black queer activists have long known that cultivating loving … Continue reading

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Business travel and behavioral and mental health

In new work, Rundle and colleagues find that extensive business travel is associated with poorer behavioral and mental health – smoking, sedentary behavior, trouble sleeping, alcohol dependence, depression and anxiety.  The paper was recently published online at the Journal of Occupational … Continue reading

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Do racial patterns in psychological distress shed light on the Black-White depression paradox?

Former Cluster doctoral student David Barnes, now with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and current faculty member Lisa Bates recently published a systematic review in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology investigating racial patterns in psychological … Continue reading

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Recent Social Epi Research Papers

In a recent paper in the journal Injury Epidemiology Keyes and colleagues applied age-period-cohort analyses to data on fatal motorcycle crashes in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System data and found that baby-boomers have experienced significantly higher mortality from motorcycle crashes than … Continue reading

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Who are smokers today? Implications for public health and research

Kerry Keyes and colleagues recently published a new article looking at changes in the relationship between smoking and psychiatric disorders across successive birth cohorts in the twentieth century.  They find that as rates of smoking decreased through the latter half … Continue reading

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Depressive Symptoms During Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Gender and the Development of Type 2 Diabetes

The American Journal of Epidemiology just published research by Shakira Suglia finding that high depression symptoms in both adolescence and adulthood are associated with onset of Type II diabetes among women. Among men however an opposite effect was noted in that … Continue reading

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Unequal depression for equal work?

Current doctoral students Jonathan Platt and Seth Prins, along with Cluster faculty Lisa Bates and Katherine Keyes recently reported that structural workplace discrimination, measured as the presence of a gender wage gap, largely explained higher rates of mood disorders among … Continue reading

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