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Quality of Life of Older Persons in Rural Bangladesh
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 6, Issue 5, September 2017, Pages: 106-109
Received: Jul. 11, 2017; Accepted: Jul. 26, 2017; Published: Oct. 19, 2017
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Mohammad Abbas Uddin, Nursing Service, Sadar Hospital, Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
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Abstract
The proportion of older persons in Bangladesh is significantly increasing due to demographic transition. This will bring new demands related to older persons’ health and social needs. Expeditious development of initiatives to face these coming challenges is required. The aim of this study was to assess older persons’ quality of life in southern Bangladesh, and the relationship between quality of life and various socio-demographic characteristics in this region. Data were collected from 280 older persons from 10 villages. The Bengali version of WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire was used to measure the quality of life. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze demographic and quality of life data. One way classification of analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to compare two groups of older persons with different socio-demographic characteristics. The study found that older persons reported a moderate quality of life score (M = 73.82, SD = 9.35). Results also showed that being male, married, literate, living in an extended family, and having a medium family income, significantly contributed to a higher quality of life score. There is a need to identify the psychological and social problems that affect older persons’ quality of life in order to prepare strategies to improve their quality of life. The authors believe that this study’s findings will contribute to this process.
Keywords
Bangladesh, Older Persons, Quality of Life
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Mohammad Abbas Uddin, Quality of Life of Older Persons in Rural Bangladesh, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 6, No. 5, 2017, pp. 106-109. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20170605.14
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