Paper Information

Journal:   MILITARY CARING SCIENCES   SPRING 2017 , Volume 4 , Number 2 (12) #B0058; Page(s) 87 To 94.
 
Paper: 

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL SUPPORT AND QUALITY OF LIFE DIMENSIONS OF SPOUSES OF VETERANS WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

 
 
Author(s):  HOJJATI H., EBADI A., ZARE K., AKOUNDZADEH G.*, ALOSTANI J., NOUHI E.
 
* IRAN, ALIABAD KATOUL, SLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY OF ALIABAD KATOUL, COMMUNITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: War stresses can cause severe problems in individuals; negative experiences and life problems can increase such stresses, which can have negative effects on patients’ relatives and family members. Social support can increase the compatibility of veterans’ spouses.
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between social support and quality of life of spouses of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Materials and Methods: This descriptive correlational study was conducted on 79 spouses of veterans in Ali Abad-E Katoul city using the purposive sampling method in 2016. Data were collected using the social support and quality of life questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (linear regression) by the SPSS 16 software.
Results: The mean social support score was 25.19+7.3 and the mean of quality of life was 56.48+12.8. The results showed a significant association between social support and quality of life (P=0.00). Also, the mean scores of the physical and psychological dimensions of quality of life were 28.92+8.2 and 27.75+6.4, respectively.
Discussion and Conclusion: Findings of the present study show that increasing social support will increase quality of life of veterans’ spouses. Social support of veterans’ spouses can promote their mental health, well-being and quality of life. Also, social supports can increase compatibility and the ability to deal with problems and pressures of life.

 
Keyword(s): POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, QUALITY OF LIFE, SOCIAL SUPPORT, VETERANS’ SPOUSES
 
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