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Do levels of perceived stress increase with increasing age after age 65? A population-based study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI). Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Age and Ageing, ISSN 0002-0729, E-ISSN 1468-2834, Vol. 44, no 5, 828-834 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Methods: a dementia-free cohort of 1,656 adults aged 66-97 years living at home or in institutions, participating in the Swedish National Aging and Care study, Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) was assessed for levels of perceived stress using the 10-item perceived stress scale (PSS).

Results: prevalence of high stress according to the top tertile of the population (PSS score 20+) was 7.8% in adults aged 81+ years, 7.5% in adults aged 72-78 and 6.2% in adults aged 66 years (P = 0.020). More women than men reported high stress, 8.3 versus 5.4% (P = 0.001). Levels of stress increased with increasing age (P = 0.001) in the linear regression model. This association remained after adjustment for demographic and psychosocial factors, but no longer was present after adjusting for health-related factors.

Conclusion: health-related stress is highly prevalent in older adults and seems to play an important role in the association between levels of perceived stress and age in older adults.

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2015. Vol. 44, no 5, 828-834 p.
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stress and health, perceived stress scale, older adults and stress, older people
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121662DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afv078ISI: 000361388400020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-121662DiVA: diva2:944782
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2015-10-13 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved

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