An evaluation of social support and its influencing factors in the elderly of Bandar Abbas in 2013-2014

Hosseinian, M. and Adib-Hajbaghery, M. and Amirkhosravi, N. (2013) An evaluation of social support and its influencing factors in the elderly of Bandar Abbas in 2013-2014. Life Science Journal, 10 (SPL.IS). pp. 703-709.

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Abstract

Social support is considered as one of the most important factors in creating successful geriatrics. It can be counted as an effective factor in provision of elder people's physical and mental health. Objectives: The present study was aimed at evaluating the rate of social support and its influencing factors in the elderly of Bandar Abbas in 2013-2014. Materials and Method: This research is a descriptive cross-sectional study where 525 elderly individuals who live in Bandar Abbas were selected through cluster sampling. Data collection was conducted by applying a 23-item Phillips Social Support questionnaire and a demographic one. Collected data were analyzed through descriptive and analytical tests using SPSS 16.0 software. Results: Out of the 525 studied subjects, 55.2 (290 subjects) were male and the rest were female. Mean age of the subjects was 65.60±6.27. Mean total score of social support was 65.06±14.07. Pearson correlation coefficient between age and total rate of social support was not significant (p=0.653). Moreover there was no significant relation between number of children and social support rate (p=0.092). However, there was a significant relation between number of daughters and social support rate (p=0.020). Conclusion: Social support rate in the elderly of Bandar Abbas was average; therefore, it is highly recommended that social support as an invaluable source should be enhanced through appropriate plans and programs.

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Subjects: Health Professions
Divisions: Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery > Department of Nursing - Medical Surgical
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 16:52
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 16:52
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/573

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