Title

Common problems encountered and coping mechanism of elderly experiencing empty nest in Burol II, Dasma., Cavite

Date of Completion

1998

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Aged, Adaptation, Psychological, Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms

Abstract

The descriptive method was used in this study. Questionnaire was constructed and distributed to 30 elderlies who 50 years old and above, selected using convenience sampling technique. Data was analyzed through mean, t-test and ANOVA via f-test. The following conclusions were drawn: 1) Most of the respondents were 64-73 years old, female, have five (5) or less children and living alone for less than 10 years; 2) Common problems encountered by elderlies were mental problems and social problems; 3) Age, sex and number of children have no significant difference on the problems encountered by elderlies, except for number of years living alone. This may mean that the longer years of living alone could result to the occurrence of more problems; 4) Most of the respondents used positive coping mechanisms such as listening to the radio rather than negative coping mechanisms such as falling asleep. This implies that the respondents can cope positively during empty nest; 5) Age, sex, number of children and number of years living alone have no significant difference on the coping mechanisms of elderlies. These demographic profiles do not determine whether the coping mechanism will be positive or negative.

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