A correlational study on depressive symptoms and social support among widows in a selected women's organization of Pokhara, Nepal

Jose, Treesa Tessy and Nayak, Asha K (2012) A correlational study on depressive symptoms and social support among widows in a selected women's organization of Pokhara, Nepal. International Journal of Nursing Education, 4 (1). pp. 77-78. ISSN 0974-9349

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Abstract

Context:Periodic identification of depressive symptoms and social support of widows in developing countries is an established need as widowhood makes them vulnerable to disabling depression. Aims:It was intended to assess the depressive symptoms, Social Support among widows at Pokhara, Nepal. Settings and Design:correlational Survey study in “Women for human rights, single women group”, organization and Indian Pension Camp Pokhara, Nepal. Materials and Methods:230 widows were evaluated for depressive symptoms and perceived social support using the Beck depression Inventory and Multidimensional scale of perceived social support. Statistical analysis:Chi-square for association, Pearson for relationship. Results:Finding shows that most of the participant 148(64) % were between the age group of 49–64 years. With regard to education, 132 ie57.4% were illiterate, Majority (89%) of subjects lived with their husbands for more than 11 years and 44.8% of subjects; duration after husbands’ death was 11 years.177 (77%) had depressive symptoms i.e.67 (30%) had severe depressive symptoms, 47 (20%) had moderate depressive and 63(27%) had Mild depressive symptoms.86% There was no association between depressive symptoms and selected variables except duration after marriage. Depressive symptoms has negative correlation between social support (p=0.001). Conclusions: Widows were having severe depressive symptoms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Widows, depressive symptoms, social support.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Mental Health
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 04:37
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2013 04:37
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/78387

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