Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The purpose of the present research was to investigate age related cognitive and physical deficits, social support, coping and quality of life among elderly living in old homes. Sample of 84 elderly age ranging from 65 years to 80 years were taken from old homes of Lahore. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship between cognitive and physical deficits, social support, coping and quality of life; social support and coping likely to mediate the relationship between cognitive and physical deficits and quality of life. Dementia Rating Scale 2 (Mattis, Jurica & Leitten, 2001), Incapacity Status Scale (Kurtzke & Granger, 1981), Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet & Farkly, 1982), Coping Strategies Questionnaire (Kausar, 2001) and World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale BREF (WHO, 1996) were used for assessment. Results revealed that cognitive deficit shave significant positive relationship with social support and quality of life. Physical deficits have significant positive relationship with coping and significant negative relationship with social support and quality of life. Coping has significant negative relationship with quality of life whereas social support has significant positive relationship with quality of life. Results of moderation regression analysis showed that social support and active distractive coping significantly moderated the relationship between cognitive and physical deficits and quality of life.
Keywords: Elderly, Cognitive Deficit, Physical Deficits, Social Support, Coping, Quality of Life.
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