Dependency, life satisfaction and context in the urban elderly

Karen S. Lyons, Joan Tiernan

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    This study investigated the role of context on dependency and life satisfaction in the urban elderly. The sample consisted of 52 elderly individuals aged 65-98 years (29 women and 23 men), from three different contexts - a nursing home (n=17), a day-centre (n=18) and a semi-state hospital (n=17). Results showed a strong difference in level of both dependence and life satisfaction across each context, with those from the semi-state hospital experiencing the highest level of dependence and lowest level of life satisfaction and those from the day-centre experiencing the lowest level of dependence and highest level of life satisfaction. These findings suggest the importance of maintaining independence in the elderly where possible and the effects a particular context may have on the elderly individual's quality of life. The role of context in the care of the elderly and further research are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)58-68
    Number of pages11
    JournalIrish Journal of Psychology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1999

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)


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