Sibling death and death fear in relation to depressive symptomatology in older adults

Title

Sibling death and death fear in relation to depressive symptomatology in older adults

Creator

Cicirelli VG

Publisher

The Journals Of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences And Social Sciences

Date

2009

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; bereavement; Aged; Attitude to Death; Age Factors; Socioeconomic Factors; Adjustment Disorders; Fear; Sibling Relations; Psychometrics; Personality Inventory; Survivors; Family Characteristics; 80 and over; Psychological; Models; sibling bereavement; Object Attachment

Description

Previously overlooked factors in elders' depressive symptomatology were examined, including death fear, sibling death, and sibling closeness. Participants were 150 elders (61 men, 89 women) aged 65-97 years with at least one sibling. Measures were proportion of deceased siblings, sibling closeness, the Death Fear Subscale of the Death Attitude Profile-Revised, and the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale (20-item adult form). Age and education were exogenous variables in a structural equation model. Death fear, sibling closeness, and proportion of dead siblings were directly related to depression, with path coefficients of .42, -.24, and .13, respectively. Proportion of dead siblings had indirect effects on depression, as did age and education. Depressive symptomatology in old age is influenced by death fear related to sibling death as well as by poor relationships with them; it must be understood within a situational context including death fear and sibling relationships.
2009-01

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

24-32

Issue

1

Volume

64

Citation

Cicirelli VG, “Sibling death and death fear in relation to depressive symptomatology in older adults,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 2, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14233.

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