versão impressa ISSN 1657-9267
GONZALEZ-CELIS, ANA LUISA e PADILLA, ADRIANA. QUALITY OF LIFE AND COPING STRATEGIES IN OLDER ADULTS WITH PROBLEMS AND DISEASES IN MEXICO CITY. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2006, vol.5, n.3, pp. 501-510. ISSN 1657-9267.
Research purpose was to describe quality-of-life (QoL) and coping process in a sample of 194 elderly people in Mexico City, towards their problems and illnesses. Results showed that 63.9% presented some illness, mainly chronicdegenerative (53.9%). QoL among ill adults vs non-ill persons was significantly different (t = -4.38, d.f. = 184, p<0,000), however QoL resulted a non dependent variable of the problems presented by the subjects, nor the type of illness, neither the coping process. The problem presented more frequently was with family members (33.7%) and the coping process was towards the behavior (54.2%). Factorial analysis of the coping questionnaire provided four factors (explained variance = 37.49%): active, confrontative, with positive re-appreciation and avoiding. It is concluded that QoL goes with the coping process of illness.
Palavras-chave : Quality-of-life; coping; illnesses in older adults; problems in elderly people; aging.