ERIC Number: EJ689331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Relationships of Assertiveness, Depression, and Social Support Among Older Nursing Home Residents
Behavior Modification, v29 n4 p689-695 Jul 2005
This study assessed the relationships of assertiveness, depression, and social support among nursing home residents. The sample included 50 older nursing home residents (mean age=75 years; 75% female; 92% Caucasian). There was a significant correlation between assertiveness and depression (r=-.33), but the correlations between social support and depression (r=-.15) and between social support and assertiveness (r=-.03) were small and nonsignificant. The correlation between overall physical health (a subjective self-rating) and depression was strong and negative (r=-.50), with lower levels of health associated with higher depression. An implication of this study is that an intervention for depression among nursing home residents that is targeted at increasing assertiveness and bolstering health status may be more effective than the one that solely targets social support.
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