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Mental health status and factors related on mental health status of the older adults living alone

Sarinrut Juntapim (Department of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand)
Ampornpun Theranut (Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 25 April 2022

Issue publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to describe the mental health status and factors related to the mental health status of older adults living alone.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a descriptive correlational study. Older adults living alone from the urban area of the Northeast of Thailand were recruited randomly from within a stratified sampling frame and received a questionnaire. Data were collected using a demographic form, way of coping, social support, family relationship, and Thai Mental Health Indicator-15 (TMHI-15). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, and Chi-square test.

Findings

The mental health status related to personal factors at p < 0.05 including gender, education level, income, health status, coping strategies, social support and family relationship are related to mental health status.

Research limitations/implications

This study provides further empirical support for older adults who are living alone, especially females who have low income and have a disease. Consequently, policy on social support in older adults should be directed to developing a range of divergent intervention strategies.

Practical implications

This study requires some form of long-term care as well as utilization of treatment and support services, enhanced quality of life for older adults living alone.

Social implications

This study requires some form of long-term care as well as utilization of treatment and support services, enhanced quality of life for older adults living alone.

Originality/value

This study provides further empirical support for older adults who are living alone.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the participants of the study for their time and staff research assistants in data collection.

Funding: This research was supported by the Young Researcher Development Project of Khon Kaen University.

Citation

Juntapim, S. and Theranut, A. (2022), "Mental health status and factors related on mental health status of the older adults living alone", Working with Older People, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 387-396. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-08-2021-0045

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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