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The Efficacy of Hope Therapy on the Elderly Depression in Mehriz Day Care Centers

Authors: Leila Farzadegan, Hassan Zareei Mahmoodabadi and Mansoreh Nasirian

Int J Med Res Health Sci.329-334 | pdf PDF Full Text

Aging is a period in which people, while basically unattended by others, are more exposed to stressors and various
pressures of life. This study was, therefore, targeted to reveal the effects of hope therapy on depression and the life
quality of the aged people in day care centers of Mehriz, a town in Yazd province, in 2013. The statistical
population of this research embraced all the elderly in day care centers in Mehriz. The sample size included 24
elderly women who were assigned to two experimental (12) and control (12) groups. The present study enjoyed
apretest-posttest quasi-experimental design. The instrument used in the study was a questionnaire on the elderly
depression (G.D.S).The results of the covariance test revealed that there was a significant difference between the
experimental and control groups. The hope therapy played a significant role in alleviating the elderly depression
level. The results generally indicate that such a therapy can be regarded as an efficient remedy in decreasing the
elderly depression.

Key words: Hope therapy, Depression, Life quality, Elderly

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