The relationship between interpersonal dependency and anxiety in older adults

Lutkin, S., Helmes, E., Campbell, A., and Buckby, B. (2009) The relationship between interpersonal dependency and anxiety in older adults. In: The Abstracts of the 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, pp. 121-122. From: 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 30 September - 4 October 2009 , Darwin, NT, Australia.

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Abstract

Baltes (1997) theory of the incomplete architecture of human ontogeny suggested that there are fewer resources in the later stage of life to manage personality challenges. This would then suggest that personality traits that have more of an association with anxiety could increase the likelihood of anxiety in ageing. Interpersonal dependency is a personality trait, or style, that influences how an individual interacts with others. It is characterised by an increase in the need for guidance, support and approval from others, the perception of oneself as powerless and ineffectual compared to others, a tendency towards anxiousness and fearfulness, and a tendency to seek help, support and guidance from others (Bomstein, 1993). Physical health, loneliness and depression have all been previously found to be associated with anxiety in older adults. The aim of this study was to examine the contribution interpersonal dependency has in the relationship with these variables and anxiety. A sample of older adults from both rural and regional locations in Australia volunteered to take part in a self-report survey using valid measures. The results of this study not only contribute to extending our knowledge of anxiety in older adults but highlight the need for further research in this area so that appropriate early intervention strategies could be developed in the future.

Item ID: 7939
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: anxiety; depression; dependency; ageing
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ISSN: 978-0-909881-40-5
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 22:25
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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