Differences Between Depressed and Non-Depressed Residents of Nursing Homes on Measures of Daily Activity Involvement and Affect


  • Judith E. Voelkl
  • Mary A. Mathieu


Depression, Affect, Activity, Nursing Home Residents


Depression is considered to be the most common mental health disorder among older adults (Weinstein & Khanna, 1986; Knight, 1986). Little is known, however, about how depression is manifested in the daily lives of older adults residing in nursing homes. The purpose of the present exploratory study was to examine whether nursing home residents identified as depressed significantly differed from those identified as non-depressed on measures of frequency of daily activity involvement and accompanying affect. Results indicated that the two groups of residents significantly differed on frequency of activity involvement and affect. Implications for therapeutic recreation practice and future research are discussed.



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