Physical health impairment and depression among older adults.

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Factors were examined that contribute to depression among older adults, aged 60 to 75 years. A convenience sample of 80 older adults living independently in the community was used. There were no differences found between participants with high or low physical impairment for demographic characteristics. Significant differences were found between the two groups for mastery, social resources and depression. Mastery, social resources and economic resources were significant predictors of depression. The findings support the empirical and theoretical links between stressful life events, specifically physical health impairment, and depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalImage--the journal of nursing scholarship
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993


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