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Panah Ali A. A Comparison Between the Level of Happiness Among the Elderly Living at Home and That of Senior Home Residents . Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing. 2011; 6 (3) :49-55
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Objectives: The present study was designed to compare the level of happiness among the elderly population living at home with that of senior home residents.

Methods & Materials: This was a causative-comparative study. The statistical population consisted of all 60 plus men and women residing at home and senior homes in the city of Tabriz, from whom 100 samples were selected in two groups of 50 individuals (25 females and 25 males) using an availability non-random sampling method. The oxford happiness questionnaire was used in order to collect data, which were then analyzed using an independent t-test.

Results: Results showed that the level of happiness among the elderly living at home was significantly higher than that of senior home residents. Furthermore, among indicators of happiness, life satisfaction levels, psychological health, positive mood, and efficiency were significantly higher among the elderly living at home. However, there was no significant difference between the two in terms of self-esteem.

Conclusion: Findings indicate that, due to better social and family support, the level of happiness among the elderly living at home is significantly higher than that of senior home residents. Conversely, residing at senior homes consequent to financial and family conditions, for those who would otherwise live with family, leads to depressed mood, dissatisfaction with life, and ultimately lack of happiness.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2011/06/20 | Accepted: 2011/09/15 | Published: 2011/10/01

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