Date of Award
Master of Arts
James D. Evans
Adults between the ages of 65 and 90 were the subjects of a study to explore the relationship between depression and the variables of personal loss , support system, and perceived physical health . Thirty- four subjects completed a self- administered depression scale (the Geriatric Depression Scale) and a personal information sheet . The relationships between depression and perceived personal health was significant , as was the relationship between depression and the support system. The relationship between depression and loss was not significant . As one's perceived health became better , depression decreased . Likewise, as one's support system increased, depression decreased. Whether or not someone had experienced a recent loss had no relationship with depressive symptomatology. Other significant findings indicated that there was also a relationship between depression and satisfaction of living arrangements . The greater the satisfaction , the less pronounced the depression.
Foehner, Eleanor M., "The Relationship Between Depression and Loss, Support System, and Perceived Health of the Elderly" (1990). Theses. 663.
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