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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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DUARTE, António; JOAQUIM, Natércia; LAPA, Fátima  and  NUNES, Cristina. Quality of life and social support of users of home care. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2014, vol.15, n.3, pp.623-634. ISSN 1645-0086.

The perceived quality of life (QdV), social support (SS), and the relations with functional independence level on the daily activities (AVD) and on social-demographic features were evaluated in 60 users of the home-served RNCCI, in Algarve, through the Independence index of the AVD, WHOQOL-Bref, Arizona Social Support Interview Schedule and demographic questionnaire. Elder partially dependent domiciled women perceived greater need and satisfaction in emotional support, with family members, as a source of material support. High environmental perception low QdV averages were observed. WHOQOL-Bref presented good reliability. Emotional support and satisfaction, the physical and psychological QdV and the overall network were determined to be positively correlated, on the same support and social relationships. Partially dependent women perceived a better physical QdV. Have a spouse correlated better with the environmental QdV and with greater need of material support perceived. Independence levels correlated positively with the dimensions of the SS perceived with the environment, and negatively with the physical and the psychological of the QdV. Aging and population dependency are global, national and local, hence the importance of the dissemination of this study as a moment of ponderation towards a more holistic sense of such concepts associated to quality and social support.

Keywords : dependency; domicile; aging; quality of life; social support.

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