The relationship between older people's mental health with their family support and psychosocial well being

Document Type : Original Articles

Authors

1 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

2 MSc, Department of Clinical Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 MSc Student, Department of Clinical Psychology, International Branch of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad,, Mashhad, Iran

10.22122/jrrs.v8i6.643

Abstract

Introduction: The present study was designed to investigate the relationship between older people's mental health with their family support and psychosocial well being. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive study, hundred elderly men and women residing in nursing homes and living at home in city of Mashhad were recruited through convenience sampling. They were asked to respond to General health questionnaire (GHQ-28). T-test was used for statistical analyses. Results: This study showed that there is a significant difference between the rates of mental health in people with their family member support and psychosocial well being and no support. It can be concluded that this rate is prominently higher in elderly people with psychosocial and family support (P < 0.05). No difference was found in mental health between elderly men and women (P > 0.05). Conclusion: These findings indicated that elderly people without psychosocial and family support (those who resided in nursing homes) suffered from more psychological pathology symptoms than those who lived with their families with appropriate environment. Keywords: Elderly, Psychosocial support, Children, Mental health

Volume 8, Issue 6 - Serial Number 6
January 2013
Pages 1123-1131
  • Receive Date: 11 August 2012
  • Revise Date: 19 April 2024
  • Accept Date: 22 May 2022