The relationships among health functioning indicators and depression in older adults with diabetes.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Emelia P Amoako, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Kenneth Gruber, Evaluation Section Chair (Creator)
Jie Hu, Associate Professor (Creator)
Eileen R. Rossen, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A common health problem among the elderly with diabetes is the onset of depressive symptoms that can adversely affect self-care and control of diabetes. The study examined the relationships of gender, race, comorbid conditions, symptom distress, and functional status with depression in a sample (N = 55) of older adults with diabetes. Most participants were female and black; mean age was 73 years. Gender and symptom distress were the strongest predictors of depression, accounting for 53% of the variance in depression. Although the sample was reasonably high functioning with only moderate levels of symptom distress, these findings serve as an important reminder for nurses that even moderate levels of symptom distress may be an indicator of depressive symptomatology among older diabetic adults.

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Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(2), 133-150.
Language: English
Date: 2007
Diabetes, Depression, Older people, Quality of life

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