Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Depression in older adults: A quantitative study in baseline knowledge of caregivers
by Hamilton, Nicolette S., D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2017, 114; 10255686
Abstract (Summary)

Older adults are susceptible to experiencing depression. A gap in the literature exists relating to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) caring for an institutionalized older adult. The purpose of this study was to assess and discover the knowledge level of the CNAs working in a long-term care facility regarding depression in the older adult. Research demonstrated that recognizing the symptoms of depression and reporting depression symptoms allows older adults to seek treatment. Treatment may help prevent the incidences of suicide, a common outcome for depressed older adults. The theoretical framework of Jean Watson and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need guided this study. Fifty-five CNA respondents from three different long-term care facilities completed a multiple-choice questionnaire containing 27 questions. The Multiple Choice Questionnaire is a validated and reliable tool for assessing the level of knowledge about depression. SPSS was utilized to analyze the data. A Chi-square analysis was performed. The results showed a significant difference between the structures of gender in population (expected frequency) and observed frequencies of nursing assistants. Confidence interval levels were performed for each question on the questionnaire. An ANOVA testing revealed the ratios of correctly answered questions. The results were found to be statistically significant. The results of this study are important to health care leaders. The findings of this study helped determine that most respondents demonstrated a basic understanding about depression in older adults.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anderson, Cheryl L.
Commitee: Iaconetti, Katherine, Underdahl, Louise
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Gerontology, Health education
Keywords: Caregiver, Depression, Elderly, Long-term care
Publication Number: 10255686
ISBN: 978-1-369-55104-4
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