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More Education Means More Benefits of Friendships for African Americans with MDD

Key clinical point: African Americans with major depressive disorder saw varying benefits from friendship based on their education levels.

Major finding: Subjective closeness to friends and frequency of contact with friends were negatively associated with 12-month MDD.

Study details: A cross-sectional analysis of 3,434 African American respondents to the National Survey of American Life.

Disclosures: The authors reported no conflicts of interest.


Nguyen AW et al. J Affect Disord. 2019 Jun 15. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.04.013.