Author: Hiba Naeem Bashir
Supervisor: Rabia Dasti
University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study aimed to investigating the relationship of psychosocial stress, resilience and depression among older adults. It was hypothesized that: there is likely to be a negative relationship between psychosocial stress and resilience in older adults; there is likely to be negative relationship between resilience and depression among older adults. Another hypothesized was that various age, gender, religious inclination, physical condition, psychosocial stress and resilience are likely to predict depression among the elderly. There is likely to be gender differences regarding stress and resilience among older adults. It was correlation study. The sample consisted of both men and women older adults who are 65 years and above men (M= 69.94, SD= 5.10) women (M= 68.56, SD= 2.90). Sample was collected through purposive sampling strategy. Elder Life Stress Inventory developed by Aldwin (1990), Resilience State Trait Inventory developed by Hiew (2002) translated by Kausar and Jabeen (2009) and Geriatric Depression Scale was developed by Yesavage (1996) were used to measure psychosocial stress, resilience and depression respectively. The first hypothesis was ported and results revealed that there is negative relationship between psychosocial stress and resilience. Results also supported second hypothesis that there is negative relationship between resilience and depression. Furthermore it was found that perceived stress and resilience were found to be predictors of depression among older adults. The results have implications of designing effective clinical interventions for enhancing the resilience of older adults.
Keywords: Psychosocial Stress, Resilience, Psychological Well Being.
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