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"Casual sex linked to depression and suicidal thoughts"

An article about casual sex relationships and mental health on the front page of the Telegraph on 21st November 2013 stated 'Casual sex linked to depression and suicidal thoughts'.

Dr Sara Sandberg-Thoma, lead author of the study on which the article was based, clarifies the difference between the headline and the study’s findings:

“The headline suggests that casual sex is linked to both depression and suicidal thoughts, yet we did not find support for a causal effect; we only found an association between casual sex and suicidal thoughts. Further, we measured depressive symptoms rather than a depression diagnosis, and found no evidence that casual sex is associated with increased symptoms.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 21 November 2013

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