M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Depression in old age
The purpose of this study was to examine whether those elderly nursing home residents who maintained social engagement would be less depressed then those elderly nursing home residents who did not maintain social engagement. The study consist of 21 residents who resided in a nursing home. All subjects were given the Geriatric Depression Scale and asked to respond to the 30 question by yes or no. A Mann Whitney Test was performed on the depression scores from the results of the Geriatric Depression Scale. The results were significant with the prediction of the study. Those elderly residents in the nursing home who maintained social engagement were less depressed then those elderly nursing home residents who did not maintain social engagement.
Worster, Joell P., "Social engagement: depressogenic factors in the elderly" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 2011.