This article corrects:

  1. Stress buffering effects of social support on depressive symptoms in middle age: Reciprocity and community mental health Volume 60, Issue 6, 652–661, Article first published online: 15 November 2006

Stress buffering effects of social support on depressive symptoms in middle age: Reciprocity and community mental health  T. Takizawa, T. Kondo, S. Sakihara, M. Ariizumi, N. Watanabe and H. Oyama

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2006; 60: 652–661.

The publisher wishes to advise readers of errors in the above article. In the first sentence of the ethics protocol section, the word ‘anonymous’ was incorrectly spelled as ‘anonomous’. The correct sentence is as follows: ‘The questionnaire was anonymous and no connection could be made to each resident.’ In Table 1 the phrase “cooking and shopping four your daily needs” should have been given as “cooking and shopping for your daily needs”. In Table 4, the variable ‘instrumental support’ was incorrectly abbreviated during processing to ‘institutesup’. The correct versions of the tables appear here.

The publisher apologizes for these errors.

Table 1.  Measurement of Social Support-Elderly
  1. (1)–(3) instrumental support, (4)–(7) emotional support, (8)–(10) providing support. These items are scored in yes = 1, no = 0.

 (1) Is there anyone you can ask to help you with cooking and shopping for your daily needs?
 (2) Is there anyone you can ask to help you with your gardening, cleaning, washing etc.?
 (3) Is there anyone you can easily ask to help you with other chores?
 (4) Is there a person who cares for you and by your side when you are in difficulty?
 (5) Is there someone you can talk to or ask for advice when you are worried?
 (6) Is there someone who encourages you when you are down or feeling depressed?
 (7) Is there someone who is concerned about you and is interested in your welfare?
 (8) Is there someone you often help or do housework for?
 (9) Is there someone you shop for or often help?
(10) When your friend or neighbor is sick in bed, do you care for and nurse them?
Table 4.  Result of two-way anova of stressor (high–low) and social support (high–low) divided by subscales
  1. Dependent variable is depression score.

  2. emo.sup, emotional support; Inst.sup, instrumental support; pro.sup, providing support; SS, sum of square.

Instrumental support MaleInstrumental support Female
Stressor5 475.215475.2103.08<0.001Stressor3 710.313710.366.25<0.001
Stressor * Inst.sup.380.91380.97.170.008Stressor * Inst.sup.108.01108.01.930.165
Error35 748.367353.1  Error44 802.680056.0  
Total179 951.0677   Total234 531.0804   
Emotional support MaleEmotional support Female
Stressor5 201.815201.8100.60<0.001Stressor2 925.212925.255.96<0.001
Stressor * emo.sup.372.81372.87.210.007Stressor * emo.sup.131.01131.02.510.114
Error35 107.967951.7  Error40 719.777952.3  
Total180 731.0683   Total224 760.0783   
Providing support MaleProviding support Female
Stressor5 117.515117.596.73<0.001Stressor3 533.013533.065.55<0.001
Stressor * pro.sup.664.91664.912.57<0.001Stressor * pro.sup.21.2121.20.390.531
Error33 596.463552.9  Error39 614.273553.9  
Total168 489.0639   Total209 734.0739