Stress and spirituality on the depressive symptoms of older adults in assisted living: Gender differences
Jun, Jung Sim
Lee, Kyoung Hag
Bolin, Brien L.
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Jun, J.S., Lee, K.H., & Bolin, B.L. (2015). Stress and spirituality on the depressive symptoms of older adults in assisted living: Gender differences. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 12(6), 588-600. doi: 10.1080/15433714.2014.966229
In this study the authors explore the effects of stress and spirituality on the depressive symptoms of 92 older adult men and 224 older adult women who reside in assisted living facilities. Hierarchical regression reveals that stress was related to increases in depressive symptoms. The stress of women was more strongly associated with depressive symptoms than found among men. In contrast, spiritual coping was associated with a decrease in depressive symptoms among all older adults in assisted living. The spiritual coping of older adult women was not a significant predictor of decreased depressive symptoms. Through this study the authors support the use of spiritual interventions to alleviate depressive symptoms experienced by older adults in assisted living.
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