Title

The relationship of anxiety and nutritional status among the elderly of Dasmarinas City, Cavite

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Community Medicine

Keywords

Anxiety, Elderly, Nutritional Status

Abstract

Cross-sectional design was used as research design. Using the convenience sampling method, 222 elderly people between the ages of 60-85 years old residing at Barangay Santa Lucia and Barangay Salitran of Dasmarinas City, Cavite were chosen. 70 male and 152 female were interviewed using Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) survey form as a guideline for assessing the presence or absence of anxiety. Chi-square test was the statistical tool used in testing for the association of anxiety and nutritional status. The presence of anxiety was found in 58.11% of the respondents. Wherein, 75.1% of male respondents and 50% of the female respondents have anxiety. Malnutrition was found in 45.95% of the elderlies and 54.05% of the elderlies were found to be well-nourished. The p-value of the study was 0.372 which was greater than the level of significance, 0.15. From the results, the study concluded that there was no association between anxiety and nutritional status among the elderly of Dasmarinas City, Cavite. Other factors including healthy lifestyle, family and socioeconomic status should be further investigated as well because these factors could directly have an effect on anxiety and nutrition of an individual.

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