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Noori Khajavi M, Holakoyie K. Major Depressive Disorder in Adults and Childhood Parental Loss before 18-Year-Old. IJPCP. 2004; 9 (3) :41-45
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-173-en.html

Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of , e-mail:khajavi@behzisty.ir
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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the correlation of parental loss in childhood and adole- scence with major depressive disorder in adulthood.

Method:This was a case-control and post hoc study of 64 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder based on DSM-IV criteria.The control group was comprised of 68 patients,none diagnosed with depression. Both groups were selected from university hospitals of Tehran.

Findings:19 patients in the case group (29.7%) had experienced the loss of at least one parent before the age of eighteen,whereas seven patients in the control group (10.3%) had the same experience. In another words,the prevalence of parental loss before the age of eighteen years old was significant- ly more in the group with the diagnosis of major depressive disorder than the control group (P<0.05).

Results:There is a statistically significant correlation between parental loss in childhood and adole- scence with major depressive disorder in adulthood. 

                                                                                 

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