Factores asociados con síntomas de depresión en ancianos durante la pandemia de covid-19

Translated title of the contribution: Factors associated with symptoms of depression among older adults during the covid-19 pandemic

Fernanda Maria Vieira Pereira-ávila, Simon Ching Lam, Maithê de Carvalho e.Lemos Goulart, Fernanda Garcia Bezerra Góes, Natália Maria Vieira Pereira-Caldeira, Elucir Gir

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Objective: to identify factors associated with depressive symptoms among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Method: a cross-sectional study developed in all regions of Brazil, using an electronic form among older adults aged 60 or over. Data were collected from April 17 to May 15, 2020. Measures of central tendency and dispersion were used. For comparison of means, Student’s t-test and analysis of variance were applied, considering p≤0.05. For association of factors, chi-square was adopted with bivariate analyzes and logistic regression. 

Results: nine hundred (100.0%) older adults participated in the study. The general score for symptoms of depression was 3.8 (SD=4.4), 818 (91.9%) had no or mild depressive symptoms. Women (p <0.01) have more symptoms than men. The income variable is a predictor of depressive symptoms (OR=0.56; CI: 0.34-0.91; p=0.020). 

Conclusion: the main factors associated with symptoms of depression were sex, income, education and occupations that expose them to COVID-19 had the highest depression scores.

Translated title of the contributionFactors associated with symptoms of depression among older adults during the covid-19 pandemic
Original languageSpanish
Article numbere20200380
JournalTexto e Contexto Enfermagem
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Aged
  • Coronavirus infections
  • Depression
  • Pandemic
  • Sociali

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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