Stress, Depression and Dysfunctional Attitudes Among Elders. A Non-Experimental Approach

Romanian Journal of Psychological Studies (RJPS) – Hyperion University of Bucharest, Volume 5, Issue 2, October 2017

8 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2018

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Mircea Bratu

National University of Physical Education and Sports

Radu Emanuel Rizeanu

National University of Physical Education and Sports

Date Written: September 22, 2017

Abstract

The present paper aims to identify the extent in which stress is associated both to dysfunctional attitudes and depression among elder people. In a non - experimental design 60 participants aged between 60 and 74 years old (M= 67.4, SD=11.02) from Bucharest and Ploiești were investigated using the instruments Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS, Yesavage, 1986), The Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983) and The Dysfunctional Attitude Scale (DAS - Weissman, 1979; Weissman & Beck, 1978). The results indicate that the research hypothesis regarding the correlation between stress and depression on one hand and high level of stress and dysfunctional attitudes on the other hand were according to expectations. The hypothesis regarding the possible correlation between depression and dysfunctional attitudes was not confirmed by results of statistical tests.

Keywords: elders, stress, depression, dysfunctional attitudes, personality

JEL Classification: O35

Suggested Citation

Bratu, Mircea and Rizeanu, Radu Emanuel, Stress, Depression and Dysfunctional Attitudes Among Elders. A Non-Experimental Approach (September 22, 2017). Romanian Journal of Psychological Studies (RJPS) – Hyperion University of Bucharest, Volume 5, Issue 2, October 2017 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3098097

Mircea Bratu (Contact Author)

National University of Physical Education and Sports ( email )

Bucharest
Romania

Radu Emanuel Rizeanu

National University of Physical Education and Sports ( email )

Bucharest
Romania

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