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STUDENT SECTION
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 201-204

A cross-sectional study to identify the depression among widowed in a rural community


1 Students of B.Sc. Nursing III Year, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Nursing, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Mrs. Ponnambily Chandy
Department of Community Health Nursing, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_106_21

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There is a limited understanding of depression among widowed in the literature. Thus, the investigators conducted a study to explore the level of depression among widowed in a rural community. Using the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale, the investigators identified the level of depression among 80 widowed who had lost their spouse more than 1 year ago and had not married again. It is shown that the majority of the widows 28 (70%) and widowers 22 (55%) are moderately depressed. However, 3 (8%) widows and 4 (10%) widowers are severely depressed. In the present study, 25 (63%) of the widowers and 18 (45%) widows reported feeling downhearted and discouraged by their family members. Similarly, half a portion of the study participants stated that the family would feel better if they were dead 40 (50%) and the majority of the widows had suicidal thoughts 32 (80%). The findings showed that widows are more moderately depressed than widowers. The study concluded with a recommendation that the widowed population needs special attention in mental health programmes.


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