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Psychological Wellbeing and Social Support Among the Geriatric Population
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 9, Issue 2, March 2020, Pages: 52-55
Received: Jun. 3, 2019; Accepted: Feb. 19, 2020; Published: May 19, 2020
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Humera Shafi, Department of Psychology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
Iram Paul, Department of Psychology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
Shazia Sonuala, Department of Psychology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India
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Ageing is a major transitional phase marked by stress. The present study aimed at investigating the influence of social support on the psychological well-being among the geriatric population. Social support is one of the important functions of social relationships. Social support is always intended by the sender to be helpful, thus distinguishing it from intentional negative interactions (such as angry criticism, hassling, undermining). Social support is commonly categorized into four types of behaviors (Emotional, Instrumental, Informational and Appraisal). Psychological well-being is used to describe an individual’s emotional health and overall functioning. The method of purposive sampling was used for data collection and the total sample consisted of one hundred and forty (140) individuals above the age of sixty years. Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL) developed by Cohen & Hoberman was used to assess social support and Ryff’s scale of Psychological Wellbeing was used to measure six theoretically motivated constructs of psychological wellbeing (autonomy, environmental mastery, self-acceptance, positive relationship with others personal growth and purpose in life). Data was analyzed using Pearson’s correlation coefficient. The results indicated that all the dimensions of psychological wellbeing except personal growth and purpose in life have a significant correlation with the dimensions of Social Support (tangible support, belonging support, self-esteem support and appraisal support).
Geriatric, Social Support, Psychological Wellbeing, Ageing
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Humera Shafi, Iram Paul, Shazia Sonuala, Psychological Wellbeing and Social Support Among the Geriatric Population, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 9, No. 2, 2020, pp. 52-55. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20200902.13
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