March 2014 - Number 19 (5 صفحه - از 9 تا 13)
"Discussion: Social participation can be of effective factors on which policy makers and therapists can plan to improve the mental health of aged people . Keywords: Older adults, Social participation, mental health Submitted: 2 January 2014 Accepted: 28 February 2014 Introduction Within a society in which being young and happy are so appreciated that elders hardly can appear at the scene, however, aged people are being treated, obviously, different from the past (1). This variance in results might have several reasons: researchers might use different instruments to measure either participation (almost in studies, a researcher-design or a checklist indicating some categories of getting involved in social or group activities were used) or health; they might distinguish between subjective and objective involvement, as some criticized subjective and non-physical engagement being included in the definition of social participation (25), while others paid attention to very details of engagement in any activity to measure this variable (26); they might take different ethnicity, sex or age limit into consideration. In the present study, we sought to determine whether social engagement of elderly people has any relation to their mental health status. Correlation between social participation and GHQ subscales we found that social participation can significantly and positively predict physical health, so we can conclude that participating in social and group activities can reduce somatic symptoms of aged people. In general, the study reveals that social participation should be taken into account as an important contributor of mental health among aged people. The present study was conducted to examine the relationship between social participation and mental health among elderly in Hamadan city."
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