Relevance of social support in stress and depressive symptoms in the elderly

Objective:to determine the relationship between stress levels and depressive symptomatology in older adults of a comprehensive care center in Independencia, Lima. Materials and methods: correlational study, cross-sectional. The sample consisted of 152 older adults between 60 and 80 years. The type of sampling was non-probabilistic. The Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSC), the Self-Assessment Scale for Zung Depression and a sociodemographic record were used as instruments. For the analysis of the data, the STATA version 14 statistical package was used. The Chi-square was used in the analysis of the categorical variables. A statistical significance less than or equal to 0.05 was considered.Results: asignificant relationship was found between stress levels and depressive symptomatology. 74.34% of the participants were within normal limits with respect to depressive symptomatology and 92.11% had a low level of stress. Conclusions: stress levels and depressive symptomatology are psychological conditions that can manifest in different degrees and relate to people of the third age. Participation in a comprehensive care center in which social support is provided could develop in the same resources to address and reduce this symptomatology and the effect of the biopsychosocial changes of aging.

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Keywords: Stress; Depressive symptomatology; Elderly; Social support

ISSN: ISSN 2519-0652

EISSN: ISSN 2519-9110


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