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A Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Horticulture Therapy on Depression among Institutionalized Elderly in Selected Old Age Homes, Kancheepuram

Abstract

The main aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness horticulture therapy on depression among institutionalized elderly in selected old age homes, Kancheepuram District. Quasi experimental, pretest posttest design was adopted. The study was conducted with 140 (70 in study group and 70 in control group) elderly with mild depression using purposive sampling technique. There is a statistically highly significant (p= 0.001) difference between pre and post-test in the study group There was a statistically significant association between the post-test level of depression among elderly with their selected demographic variables such as sex (p= 0.08), religion (p=0.03), marital status (p=0.04) and number of children (p=0.03) in study and control group. There was no association found with other variables such age, educational status, monthly income, previous occupation, visit by family members, duration of stay in the old age home and reason for joining in study and control group.

Judie, Jeya V, Vijayalakshmi

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