Psychosocial and mental health problems of older people in postearthquake Nepal

Adhikari, Ramesh P., Upadhaya, Nawaraj, Paudel, Sasmita, Pokhrel, Ruja, Bhandari, Nagendra, Cole, Laura ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7194-5616 and Koirala, Suraj (2018) Psychosocial and mental health problems of older people in postearthquake Nepal. Journal of Aging and Health, 30 (6). pp. 945-964. ISSN 0898-2643

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Abstract

Objective: To identify community perceptions on psychosocial and mental health problems of older people in postearthquake situation in Nepal. Method: A qualitative methodology was adopted to explore the experience and opinions of older people, social workers, school teachers, health workers, and nongovernmental organization workers on the psychosocial and mental health problems of older people in Nepal, using key informant interviews. Results: Major local vocabulary for older peoples’ psychosocial and mental health problems were “bichalan” (variation in mood and feeling), “ekohoro” (becoming single minded), “athmabiswasko kami” (low self-esteem), and “bina karan rune” (crying without any reason). The major causes attributed to older people’s problems were physical injury, disability, family conflict, and economic problems. Forgetfulness, tiredness, loss of concentration, restlessness, and isolation were observed in older people since the 2015 earthquake. Discussion: The findings suggest that earthquake had negative impact on older people’s psychosocial well-being; however, little support or treatment options have been made available to these individuals. The tailor-made community-based psychosocial and mental health programs for older people are needed.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Adhikari, R. P. et al., Psychosocial and Mental Health Problems of Older People in Postearthquake Nepal, Journal of Aging and Health (30, 6) pp. 945–964. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/0898264317702056], which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264317702056. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes with no derivative uses in accordance with Sage Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: earthquake, older people, psychosocial, mental health, Nepal
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Mental health
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Depositing User: Laura Cole
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 09:44
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:14
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7696

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