An examination of the prevalence of mental disorders among the elderly in the community

Michael Romaniuk, William J. McAuley, Greg Arling

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Administered the Older Americans Resources and Services multidimensional functional assessment questionnaire to a multistage statewide area probability sample of 2,146 noninstitutionalized Virginians 60 yrs of age and older. Findings indicate that the vast majority of Ss in the community possessed the cognitive capacity and psychological resources necessary to manage the tasks of living independently. Only a relatively small proportion experienced psychological dysfunction, and these rates closely approximated those suggested by literature reviews. Overall, health self-ratings, education, and income were positively correlated with psychological well-being for nearly all psychological status measures. Age, sex, race, and marital status were related only to certain psychological disorders. (10 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-467
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • prevalence of mental disorders, noninstitutionalized Ss 60 yrs of age & older

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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