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Sociodemographic characteristics, social support, life satisfaction and attitudes toward death among elderly


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Mirčeta, Marina. (2008). Sociodemographic characteristics, social support, life satisfaction and attitudes toward death among elderly. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Lugomer Armano, Goranka].

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Goal of this research was to determine mutual correlation of sociodemographic variables, social support, satisfaction with life and attitude towards death among the elderly. It applies: Questionaire of sociodemographic characteristics, Scale of perceived social support (Hudek – Knežević, 1994), Scale of life satisfaction ( Larsen i sur, 1985) and Templer's scale of death anxiety (DAS). Question form and scales were conducted on a sample of 65 users of a retirement home based in Split – 45 women and 20 men. Interpretable intercorrelations between some variable were determined. Life satisfaction is positively correlated with greater age, health and wealth conditions. It highly correlates to other measures of life - satisfaction – positively with frequency of experiencing positive emotions, and negatively with negative emotions frequency. It can be taken that life satisfaction results from the satisfying total social support and specific supports, beginning with family, friends and other users of the retirement home. As a second indicator of satisfaction with life – positive emotions are more often experienced by persons who hadn't entered the retirement home due to bad health conditions, who are of better health and wealth. Moreover, these persons experience negative emotions more rarely and get stronger support in sum and through all three specific sources. Conversely, frequency of experiencing negative emotions is in correlation with entering retirement home due to bad health and dissatisfaction with wealth status. Unburdeness with death (which generally features inquired persons), i.e. absence of death anxiety is primarily determined with satisfying social support coming from friends.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: satisfaction with life, social support, attitude towards death, the elderly
Subjects: Psychology > Opća psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Lugomer Armano, Goranka
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2014 11:20
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2014 11:20

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