THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGIOSITY AND DEPRESSION OF OLDER ADULTS IN TANGERANG

Karina Megasari Winahyu

Abstract


Background: Aging population worldwide need to consider modifiable factors against health deterioration. Depression of older adults usually ignored since the sign and symptoms is considered to be normal manifestations in aging. The study aimed to identify the relationship between religiosity and depression of older adults in Tangerang. Method: A cross-sectional study recruited 87 older adults in primary health care in Tangerang. The older adults characteristics form, Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), and Muslim Religious Personality Inventory (MRPI) were provided based upon validity and reliability test. Results: Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was performed to examine the relationship between religiosity and depression of older adults. The study revealed that religiosity negatively correlated with depression of older adults. Conclusions: The study concluded that there was a strong significant relationship between religiosity and depression of older adults. The study suggests that religiosity is an important factor to take into consideration to diminish depression of older adults.


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Depression; Religiosity; Older adults

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