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
Date Written: September 22, 2017
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
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