Stress level among the geriatric population of urban area in eastern Nepal

Type Journal Article - Nepal Medical College Journal
Title Stress level among the geriatric population of urban area in eastern Nepal
Volume 15
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 91-94
Stress is part of everyone’s life which may be severe in geriatric population due to multiple and interrelated
factors. A cross sectional study was carried out among hundred geriatric people living in an urban area of Dharan
with an aim of identifying the level of stress in this population and to fi nd out its association with different
demographic variables. Convenient sampling technique was used to collect data. Instrument containing twenty
fi ve questions related to physical, psychological and socioeconomic stress was used. Data was analyzed by using
percentage, frequency and inferential statistics (Chi- square test). Out of hundred respondents 67 % were in the
age group of 65 to 75 years. Fifty one percent of the respondents’ had moderate stress, 40% had mild stress and
remaining 9% had severe stress. Stress was signifi cantly associated with variables such as age, education level,
personal income, and fi nancial dependence. Overall result is that geriatric population experience moderate to
severe stress which varies in severity. The study fi ndings call for the attention from concerned authorities to
plan appropriate measures in order to minimize the stress among geriatric populations. Hence, their life can
become productive and they can have improved quality of life.

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