Relationship between Social Support, Loneliness, and Depression among Elderly People

Eman Baleegh Meawad Elsayed
Lecturer, Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University
Rania Rabie El- Etreby
Lecturer, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University
Adel Al- Wehedy Ibrahim
Professor, Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University

Abstract

Introduction: Aging is a sensitive period of human life so attention to their needs and issues is of greatest importance. Aim: To determine the relationship between social support, loneliness, and depression among elderly people. Methods: A descriptive-correlation research design was used to complete this study. The subjects consisted of 150 elderly persons who are selected according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. The study carried out in the geriatric outpatient clinic Mansoura general hospital affiliated to the ministry of health. Tools of data collection included a socio-demographic and clinical data structured interview schedule, UCLA loneliness scale, a multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) and the geriatric depression scale (GDS). Results: 56% of the elderly reported mild depression, (86%) of them reported a mild feeling of loneliness, and 80% of them reported moderate social support. Conclusion: There was a positive significant, correlation between the level of depression and loneliness, while there was a negative correlation between loneliness and social support, and between depression and social support.

Abstract

Introduction: Aging is a sensitive period of human life so attention to their needs and issues is of greatest importance. Aim: To determine the relationship between social support, loneliness, and depression among elderly people. Methods: A descriptive-correlation research design was used to complete this study. The subjects consisted of 150 elderly persons who are selected according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. The study carried out in the geriatric outpatient clinic Mansoura general hospital affiliated to the ministry of health. Tools of data collection included a socio-demographic and clinical data structured interview schedule, UCLA loneliness scale, a multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) and the geriatric depression scale (GDS). Results: 56% of the elderly reported mild depression, (86%) of them reported a mild feeling of loneliness, and 80% of them reported moderate social support. Conclusion: There was a positive significant, correlation between the level of depression and loneliness, while there was a negative correlation between loneliness and social support, and between depression and social support.

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Meawad Elsayed, E. B.; El- Etreby, R. R.; Ibrahim, A. Relationship Between Social Support, Loneliness, and Depression Among Elderly People. ijnd 2019, 9, 39-47.
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