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Depressed Mood and Social Support as Predictors of Quality of Life in Women Receiving Home Health Care

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We examined relationships among depressed mood, social support and quality of life in 58 medically ill low-income women 40 years and older receiving home health care. Analyses showed a negative relation ship between depressed mood and quality of life (p’s ≤ 0.05). Positive relationships were found between number of people avail able for support and two of three quality of life domains as well as sat is faction with support and all three domains (p’s ≤ 0.05). Results also provided preliminary support that belonging to a church is related to emotional well-being (p = 0.039) and among those belonging to a church, recent increased activity was related to social/family well-being (p = 0.004). Mediational analyses revealed a cycle of depressed mood, dissatisfaction with social support, and loss of social support providers underlying the poor quality of life of many participants. This high lights the need to address the relation ship between depression and social support when treating patients with chronic illness.

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Friedman, L.C., Brown, A.E., Romero, C. et al. Depressed Mood and Social Support as Predictors of Quality of Life in Women Receiving Home Health Care. Qual Life Res 14, 1925–1929 (2005).

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