Perceived Social Support and Quality of Life among Older People Living in Old Homes

Author: Aihada Afreen 

Supervisor:Ms. Zainab Habib

Degree: M.Phil

Year:2010-2012

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship of perceived social support and quality of life among older people living in old homes. It was hypothesized that perceived social support is likely to have a positive correlation with quality of life; Correlation research design and convenient sampling technique were used to analyze the data. Sample of 60 participants (30 males and 30 females) was taken from old homes; Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support Scale (MSPSS) by Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet and Farley (1988) and World Health Organization of Quality of Life (WHOQOL) questionnaire were used for the assessment. Pearson product moment correlation and independent samples t-test were used to analyze the data. The results highlighted that there is a significant relationship between social support and quality of life among older people. Moreover, no gender differences were found on social support and quality of life. Findings can help in enhancing their quality of life of elderly in order to make them more satisfied with their lives. Also the results can be utilized to explore the respective field in detail and to provide important contribution in this field as it needs more and more exploration for the better tomorrow of old people living in old homes.

Keywords: quality of life, social support, older people, old homes.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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