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      Loneliness as a Risk Factor for Depression in the Elderl

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      Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

      Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

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          The aim of the study was to determine the impact of loneliness on the emergence of depression in the elderly. The sample consisted of 168 elderly living in their natural social environment. The depressive symptomatology was examined by the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). The impact of loneliness on depression development has been assessed by the non-parametric Kruskal Wallis and Chi-square Tests. The study found that up to 60.7% of seniors suffer from some degree of depression: 32.1% reporting mild; 28.6% manifesting full depression. We also have found a relationship between loneliness and depression development of the elderly.

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          Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          CSWHI
          Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          2222386X
          20769741
          February 17 2016
          February 17 2016
          : 7
          : 1
          : 48-52
          Article
          10.22359/cswhi_7_1_05
          © 2016

          Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences

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