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Late-Life Depressive Symptoms, Religiousness, and Mood in the Last Week of Life

Table 4

Religious affiliation and mood in the last week of life, as reported by proxy respondents of deceased sample members of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam between 1995 and 1998: stratified for previous depressive symptoms.

Depressed mood in last week of life (according to proxy)(b)Sense of peace with approaching  end of life (according to proxy)(b)
NWaldPOR95% CINWaldPOR95% CI

Previously nondepressedProtestant(a)571.4.2450.520.17–1.57474.3.0393.521.0711.58
Roman Catholic(a)580.0.8850.930.32–2.65493.8.0533.150.9910.08
First-generation secularized(a)290.1.7741.170.40–3.48352.1.1442.460.74–8.25
Second-generation secularized171211

Previously depressed
(CES-D ≥ 16)
Protestant(a)150.5.5021.780.33–9.55140.1.7181.470.18–11.72
Roman Catholic(a)112.8.0954.670.7728.47 121.5.2200.270.04–2.11
First-generation secularized(a)110.0.9991.000.15–6.5390.4.5180.500.06–4.09
Second-generation secularized11171 

Results printed in bold are statistically significant (italics: trend).
(a)Reference group is second generation secularized (nonaffiliated respondents with nonaffiliated parents).
(b)Nonadjusted because of too low number of respondents; when adjusted as in Table 3, the results are slightly stronger but with problematic wide 95% CI’s.

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