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Study links living alone to increased risk of depression

A recent study has linked living alone to an increased risk of depression.

The seven-year study of several thousand working-aged people found those living alone were 80 per cent more likely than others to have bought anti-depressant drugs.

As the trend of living alone continues to grow, researchers say their findings are only tell part of the story.

Those who are at most risk for depression are also least likely to complete the studies follow-up assessment, according to the author.

Being at a financial disadvantage while living alone appeared to be a moderating variable for women living alone. Men living alone were found to have less social support and to be more prone to abusing alcohol.

Feeling alienated or having a lack of trust for others may also be involved in the results, according to the researchers.

In 2006 26.8 per cent of households had individual tenants, up significantly from just six percent in 1941.

Data from Statistics Canada show that, in this country, 26.8 per cent of households were occupied by just one person in 2006, up from six per cent in 1941.