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Prevalence and factors associated with depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms among older adults: A cross-sectional population-based study

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posted on 06.09.2021, 02:01 by Deependra K Thapa, Denis C Visentin, Rachel Kornhaber, Michelle L Cleary
Despite population aging and the increase in mental health problems, studies on the mental health of older people in developing countries are lacking. This population-based cross-sectional study estimated the prevalence and associated factors for depression, anxiety and stress symptoms among older adults in Nepal. Community-dwelling older adults (N = 794) were interviewed using a questionnaire which consisted of the 21-item Depression Anxiety Stress Scales; and a wide range of sociodemographic, health-related, and lifestyle characteristics; functional ability, social support, participation in social activities, and adverse life events. The prevalence of symptoms was 15.4% for depression, 18.1% for anxiety, and 12.1% for stress. Risk factors for symptoms included female gender, working in agriculture, lower household wealth, perceived poor health, smoking, chronic conditions, migration of adult children, and exposure to adverse life events. Receiving an allowance, physical exercise, functional ability, social support, and participation in social activities were found to have protective effects. The findings indicate the need for community-based interventions, including appropriate diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, and mental health promotion programs targeting the risk and protective factors.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

22

Issue

4

Start Page

1139

End Page

1152

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1442-2018

ISSN

1441-0745

Location

Australia

Publisher

Wiley-blackwell

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

05/10/2020

External Author Affiliations

University of Tasmania

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Nursing and Health Sciences