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2. The emotion paradox: Depression and emotional well-being across the lifespan

Prof. Dr. C. v. Scheve (Principle Investigator FUB, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften)

Prof. Dr. M. Bajbouj (Principle Investigator CUB, Neurologie, Neurochirurgie und Psychiatrie)

Prof. Dr. J. Schupp (FUB, DIW Berlin)


Project Summary

The Project „The Emotion Paradox“ seeks to understand why depression is less prevalent in older adults than in younger adults and adolescents and why older adults enjoy better emotional well-being – despite the fact that old age is commonly associated with factors detrimental to well-being, such as illness or loss of companions. Likely candidates explaining this paradox are age related changes in the processing of emotions and in emotion regulation capabilities. Although the individual factors implicated in emotion processing and regulation are comparably well understood, little is known about how they interact with broader social and societal circumstances, such as socio-economic status, education, or embeddedness into social networks. The project aims at investigating these interactions and their associations with age to better understand depression over the life course.