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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
ISSN: 2454-2660(Online), 2347-8640(Print)
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A Study to Assess the Level of Depression among Old Age People in Selected Villages in Mehsana District, Gujarat
Lecturer, Joitiba College of Nursing, Bhandu, Tal- Visnagar, Dist- Mehsana (Gujarat)
Background- Ageing has not only social but also economic, political and health-related implications. Globally, prevalence of depression in geriatric population varies from 10% to 20%, while in India; it is even higher varying from 13% to 25%.1Aims and objective- To assess the level of depression of among old age peoples and to associate the level of depression with selected demographic variables. Material and Methods- A cross sectional survey approach with descriptive research design was used. 200 old age peoples residing in valam, Kherava, Unava and Bhandu villages were selected by using purposive sampling technique. A 30 items Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) questionnaire was used. Result- 37% participants were belong to 60-65 years of age, 52% were male, 45% participant educated up to primary level, 97% were hindu, 76.5% participants not having any occupation, 48% had semi pakka type of house, 59% were belong to joint family, 36% had monthly income between 5001-10000. 97% were having medical illnesses. Finding on level of depression shown that Highest 51% (102) old age peoples had moderate level of depression and lowest 12% (24) had severe level of depression whereas 37% (74) had normal score. There was significant association found between level of depression with demographic variables like educational status. No association found with other demographic variable.
Depression, old age people.
Rajesh Joshi. A Study to Assess the Level of Depression among Old Age People in Selected Villages in Mehsana District, Gujarat. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research 2(4): Oct.- Dec. 2014; Page 379-380.
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