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A Study Investigating the relationship between Psychological Distress and Loneliness and Living Alone in Older Adults.

Stafford, Rebecca (2016) A Study Investigating the relationship between Psychological Distress and Loneliness and Living Alone in Older Adults. Undergraduate thesis, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Loneliness: Loneliness is an uncomfortable and distressing experience as is Psychological Distress (PD). In this study older adults psychological distress and loneliness was assessed for a relationship. Also, older adults who live alone and live with others were investigated for differences in psychological distress. Method: 102 older adults participated in this study. Of the participants 37 were male and 65 were female. Participants completed the Modified 5 – item UCLA Scale of Loneliness and the General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12). Results: No difference was found between older adults who lived alone and those who lived with others on psychological distress. There was also no relationship between levels of loneliness and psychological distress in the study sample. Implications of the study findings, strengths, limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Welfare of older people
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 18:43
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 18:43
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2225

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