Emotional problems and coping strategies of senior citizens


AUTHORS : Sarma Krishnakshi1 , Bhuyan Hemeswari2 , Saikia Kaberi3
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Depression and stress of senior citizens is an important public health challenge in developing countries andin an attempt to counteract the emotional problems person develops individual pattern of coping. Aim: To assess and compare the emotional problems and coping strategies of senior citizens living in old age home and with family. Methods: Descriptive quantitative approach and Non experimental, comparative descriptive design was selected and 60 (30 each from old age home and family) samples were drawn by consecutive sampling technique. Results: Majority of senior citizens from family setting had average low level of stress 10 (16.7%), whereas most of the senior citizens from old age home setting had high level of stress 11 (18.3%). Majority of senior citizens from family 15 (25%) as well as old age home setting 22 (36.7%) had suggestive of mild depression. In family (mean=7.17) as well as old age home (mean=7.33) setting subscale religion has the highest mean. Conclusion: High level of stress and mild depression of elderly living in old age home and mild depression of elderly living in family should be considered an important concern for geriatric group of population in Assam.

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