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Social support and mental health status of older people: a population-based study in Iran - Tehran

Tajvar, Maryam, Grundy, Emily and Fletcher, Astrid (2018) Social support and mental health status of older people: a population-based study in Iran - Tehran. Aging and Mental Health, 22 (3). pp. 344-353. ISSN 1360-7863

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1261800


Objectives: To investigate direct and stress-buffering associations between social support from family and the mental health of older people in Iran, a country which has recently undergone an exceptionally fast fertility transition and is consequently experiencing rapid population ageing. Method: A cross-sectional stratified random survey of 800 people aged 60+ years resident in Tehran was conducted. In total, 644 people responded. The SPS and the GHQ were used to measure perceived social support and mental health respectively. Multilevel mixed-effects models were used to examine the hypotheses. Results: The findings supported the hypothesis of a direct association between perceived and received social support and mental health. However, we did not find strong evidence to suggest that social support buffered the effects of stress arising from limitations of physical functioning. Lack of help doing paperwork was associated with worse mental health for women but not men. Source of support did not seem to be important. Conclusion: Our results indicated that in Tehran, as in Western settings, social support is important for the mental well-being of older people. Recommendations for policy and further research priorities based on the study findings were provided.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 11:10
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:17
Projects: 8904-27-02-88
Funders: Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services

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