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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
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CARNEIRO, Rachel Shimba et al. Quality of life, social support and depression of the elderly: relation with social abilities. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.2, pp. 229-237. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722007000200008.
Current studies suggest that the capacity to socially interact is basic for the elderly in order to reach out and keep social support, and to guarantee a better quality of life. The present study aimed to investigate the social abilities, social support, quality of life and depression of the elderly from Universidade Aberta da Terceira Idade da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UnATI/UERJ), in the contexts of family and asylums. For this research the following tools were used: Social Skills Inventory, Social Support Measurement, WHOQOL-BRIEF and Geriatric Depression Scale-15. Analysis of the data obtained from the instruments above, show that the elderly that live in asylums present a reduced repertoire of social abilities, a diminished social support network and an impaired quality of life. This research offers subsidies for the implantation of Social Skills Training Programs directed for the elderly, enhancing their ability to get social support and, therefore, a better quality of life.
Keywords : Social abilities; quality of life; social support; depression; elderly.