Exploring the effect of social support and religious beliefs on the life satisfaction among the elderly living in Borujen

Mobasheri, M. and Yousefi, Z. and Moradi, A. and Mirzaeian, R. and Khaledifar, B. and Golshahi, T. (2014) Exploring the effect of social support and religious beliefs on the life satisfaction among the elderly living in Borujen. Life Science Journal, 11 (9). pp. 459-464.

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Abstract

Objective: The pressures resulting from physical, mental and social fluctuations play a significant role in causing depression and decreasing the happiness in the elderly. The percieved social support and religious beliefs are among some parameters which influence their life satisfaction. Taking this into account, this study intends to examine the effect of social support and religious beliefs on the life satisfaction among the elderly living in Borujen. Methedology: This study which is descriptive-analytical in nature was conducted on 105 of the elderly living in Borujen. Data was gathered by using a questionnaire consisting of 3 variables i.e. social support, religious beliefs and the level of life satisfaction developed based on the following three questionnaires: Canty-Mitchell's Social Support Questionnaire (2000), Golriz and Brahnew's religious beliefs questionnaire and Dinner, Emmons, Larsen and Griffin's questionnaire for life satisfaction. The reliability of the developed questionnaire was found to be 0.83 using Cronbach coefficient α. The gathered data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation analysis and stepwise multiple regression analysis. Findings: Based on the findings of the study, the mean score for the level of life satisfaction among the elderly living in Borujen was found to be 22.46. There was a statistically significant relationship between the social support and the level of life satisfaction in the elderly (p<0.001). The addition of the religious beliefs variable was accompanied by an increase in the social support and the level of life satisfaction in the elderly living in Borujen (p<0.001). Conclusion: Given the need of the elderly to the social support from their surrounding people, it can be inferred that the social support and religious beliefs play a significant role in their level of life satisfaction promoting their life satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Life satisfaction, social support, leisure time, Religious beliefs, the elderly.
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Health > Department of Epidemiology
Faculty of Medicine > Basic Sciences Academic Groups > Department of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Psychiatry
Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > Social Determinants of Health Research Center
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2017 06:49
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2017 06:49
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2327

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