Does spirituality assist in the recovery of an older person with depression?
Anneke Bull (Master of Philosophy)
It is recognised that older persons face many changes and losses. These losses can be loss of family, friends, independence, income and becoming reliant on a pension or superfund. Accompanied are the physical changes that can manifest into chronic pain, illness or lifestyle changes. It is generally believed that these losses and changes are contributing factors towards depression in the older person (Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, 2001; Koenig & Lawson, 2004; Manthorpe & Iliffe, 2005).
Through using the grounded theory research method, it is expected that interviews will contribute to a deeper understanding of the role of spirituality in the recovery of older persons affected by depression. Grounded theory allows a more interactive and interpreted approach, creating a more individual understanding. This theory allows a deeper focus on the research between people and the ‘individual’s perceptions, interactions and relationship in society’ (Annells, 1996).
Dr Robert King
Dr Elizabeth MacKinlay