Psychology, Interamerican
Depression in a household population sample in Aracaju (Sergipe, Brazil)


Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
Population Study
Social distribution.

How to Cite

Menezes, M. S., & Faro, A. (2019). Depression in a household population sample in Aracaju (Sergipe, Brazil). Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 53(1), 81–90.


This study aimed to detect the prevalence of symptoms of depression in a representative household population sample from Aracaju (Sergipe, Brazil), as well as estimating the chances of positive diagnostic screening of depression, based on socio-demographic and general health profiles. The sample was composed of 690 participants. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and questionnaires about socio-demographic and health-related data were used. Almost 35% of participants had positive screening diagnosis of depression. The Logistic Regression showed that those people who perceived themselves as sick, non-religious, lacked a college degree, smokers or who were obese, smokers composed the profile of individuals with a greater chance to be in the BDI positive group. These findings are important due to the lack of similar studies in Brazilian Northeast region.

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work [SPECIFY PERIOD OF TIME] after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).