Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Singing the blues: Indicators of mental illness among nursing home elderly
by Farooq, Aamir Steven, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 63; 1521622
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of symptoms of sad, depressed, or anxious mood in elderly nursing home residents to their demographic characteristics, cognitive ability, level of social support, pain status, and physical function. This study employed secondary data analysis using the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey-Current Resident Questionnaire. There were 11,815 survey participants aged 65 and older who responded to the dependent variable used in this study's analysis.

Several statistical methods, including point biserial correlation and Chi square analysis, yielded significant associations between mood state and demographic characteristics of gender, White race, Black race, and Hispanic ethnicity; and between mood state and clinical characteristics of cognitive ability and physical function. The qualitative nature of the categorical response variable and multiple independent variables limited this study. Nevertheless, the study's significant findings substantiate a need for further analyses of factors associated with symptoms of depression or anxiety in the elderly nursing home population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica
Commitee: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Gerontology, Clinical psychology, Health care management
Publication Number: 1521622
ISBN: 978-1-267-79051-4
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