Christ University Institutional Repository

The Effect of Logotherapy on Meaning and Quality of Life of the Elderly in Old Age Homes.

James, Ligimol (2012) The Effect of Logotherapy on Meaning and Quality of Life of the Elderly in Old Age Homes. Other thesis, Christ University.

[img]PDF
Restricted to Registered users only

4Mb

Abstract

Today the elderly in India is faced with a changing life situation where the traditional joint family system, according to which the elders were recognized and respected have given way to nuclear families where the elderly try to fit in. The number of old age homes in India is on increase especially in the state of Kerala. The existing literature shows that the elderly in old age homes in India undergo the problems like, relational issues, poverty, health issues, rejection from children, death of the partner, death anxiety etc, which lead to meaninglessness and poor quality of life. The current research is aimed at studying the effectiveness of a logotherapy intervention called Meaning in Life Programme on the meaning and quality of life of the elderly in old age homes. For the purpose of the study three old age homes with similar administration were selected from the districts of Kottayam, Kannur and Ernakulam district of Kerala where the highest number of old age homes of India are situated. 60 of them who met the inclusion criteria were randomely put into two groups, namely control group and experimental group. At par with the existing literature the study proves that the elderly in old age homes have a low meaning and quality of life. The average mean score of meaning in the pre-test was 14.23 in MiLS and the average mean score of quality of life in the pre-test is 51.83 in WHOQOL. The experimental group was given an intensive Logotherapy- meaning in life programme for five days and the control group had normal life. After a period of one month both groups were tested with MiLS and WHOQOL and there was significant difference between the control group and the experimental group. The Experimental group scored 22.06 in MiLS at the significant level of p < .001 and 59.73 in WHOQOL at the significant level of p < .001. The study revealed that logotherapy is effective in enhancing meaning and quality of life of the elderly in old age homes. Key words: meaning, quality, elderly, logotherapy

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subjects:Thesis > MPhil > Psychology
Divisions:M Phil > Psychology
ID Code:4946
Deposited By:Knowledge Center Christ University
Deposited On:17 Oct 2013 20:25
Last Modified:17 Oct 2013 20:25

Repository Staff Only: item control page