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The measurement of psychological problems in the elderly in general practice
Author(s)Norman J Vetter, Dee A Jones, Christina R. Victor
Journal titleInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol 1, no 2, Oct-Dec 1986
Pagespp 127-134
KeywordsCognitive processes ; Evaluation ; General practice ; Wales.
AnnotationInterviews were performed on 1288 people aged 70 and over in an urban and a rural general practice. Information was obtained on standardized measures of anxiety, depression and memory loss. The people in the urban practice had higher (i.e. suggesting abnormal) scores for both anxiety and depression. Memory scores were higher in the rural area. These differences were basically constant for age, sex and social class groups. The urban environment appears to be associated with the excess of neurosis in the elderly at home but not to the organic changes associated with memory loss. There was a close association between physical disability and high scores on the psychological indices. Special attention must be paid to the elderly with physical disabilities for coexisting psychological problems. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930705143
ClassmarkDA: 4C: L5: 9

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