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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-55

Loneliness, depression and sociability in old age


1 Defence Institute of Psychological Research, , Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi - 110 054, India
2 Scientist 'C', DIPR, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi - 110 054, India

Correspondence Address:
Archana Singh
Scientist 'C', DIPR, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi - 110 054
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.57861

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Background: The elderly population is large in general and growing due to advancement of health care education. These people are faced with numerous physical, psychological and social role changes that challenge their sense of self and capacity to live happily. Many people experience loneliness and depression in old age, either as a result of living alone or due to lack of close family ties and reduced connections with their culture of origin, which results in an inability to actively participate in the community activities. With advancing age, it is inevitable that people lose connection with their friendship networks and that they find it more difficult to initiate new friendships and to belong to new networks. The present study was conducted to investigate the relationships among depression, loneliness and sociability in elderly people. Materials and Methods: This study was carried out on 55 elderly people (both men and women). The tools used were Beck Depression Inventory, UCLA Loneliness Scale and Sociability Scale by Eysenck. Results: Results revealed a significant relationship between depression and loneliness. Conclusion: Most of the elderly people were found to be average in the dimension of sociability and preferred remaining engaged in social interactions. The implications of the study are discussed in the article.


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