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Psychosociaal welbevinden van Suryoye ouderen

Kaya, S. (2009) Psychosociaal welbevinden van Suryoye ouderen.

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Abstract:In this study the psycho social wellbeing of Syrian Orthodox elderly has been investigated. Their perception of aging is examined as well as their feelings of happiness. Moreover it has been examined to what extent feelings of loneliness occur among these elderly, and to which degree they are mentally healthy. Hundredandeighteen Suryoye elderly who live in Twente filled in questionnaires. Most of these elderly were approached personally, because they don’t speak Dutch very well. The Suryoye elderly who were fluent in Dutch language and could read and write, filled in the questionnaires by themselves. The criterion of 50 years of age was used, to make a comparison between the age category 50-65 and 65+. Moreover there has been chosen for this age group because several researches show that health problems occur at an earlier age among foreign elderly. The results of this study showed that Suryoye elderly experience aging more negative than autochthonous elderly. Suryoye experience aging more in terms of physical loss, while autochthons experience aging rather as growing in progress. Moreover, the results show that about a quarter of these elderly are lonely; 10% feels themselves even seriously to very seriously lonely. Regarding mental health, about half of the Suryoye elderly indicated that they are mentally healthy. This means that the mental health of the other half of the Suryoye elderly is slight to moderate
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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