SUICIDAL IDEATION AMONG THE ELDERLY: PERSONAL VARIABLES, STRESS AND SOCIAL SUPPORT
Abstract:Fifty-three elderly men and 51 elderly women participated in a study of the relationship between suicidal ideation and selected personal, stress, and social support variables. A multifactor theory formed the basis for the selection of variables, which included age, gender, marital status, living arrangements, perceived religiousness, alcohol use, self-esteem, depression, negative stress, satisfaction with health, social isolation, and satisfaction with social support. Bivariate correlation analyses found suicidal ideation to be related to infrequent alcohol consumption, high depression, high social isolation, and dissatisfaction with health and social support. Results of a multiple regression analysis identified (dis)satisfaction with social support, gender, living arrangements, and (in)frequency of alcohol use as significant predictors.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1996
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