Stress and mental health status among community dwelling elderly
Suresh K, Srisailamaiah M, Srikanth Reddy V
Ageing is a universal and inevitable developmental phenomenon accompanied by a number of changes in physical, psychological and social domains. The financial insecurities and the sudden loss of companion, makes it difficult for the elderly adjustment to the sudden change, and they are prone to stress and mental health issues. Social and psychological stressors are part of daily life and may be a source of psychological problems. The ways the people respond to stress are different which has a bearing on their mental health status. This study is an attempt to examine the stress and mental health status among community dwelling elderly of Tirupati, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Mental health was assessed by using “Mental Health Inventory” by Jagadish and Srivastava (1983). Stress was assessed by “Daily Stress Inventory”by Brantley., Waggoner., Jones., and Rappaport (1987). For purposes of the present study, a total sample of 60 was taken out of which 30 were (60+ years) male and 30 were (60+ years) female living in the community. Results reveals that there were significant differences in stress and mental health status of male and female community dwelling elderly people, stress is correlated with mental health in elderly. The implications were drawn based on the findings.