An Examination of the Relationship between Depression, Loneliness, and Sociability in the Old Aged Community of District DG Khan


  • Ayesha Abid
  • Khalil Ahmad
  • Mussarat Hussain



Loneliness, Depression, Sociability, Elderly, Prevalence


The present study was aimed to assess depression, loneliness, and sociability among elderly people, as well as to assess the prevalence of elder abuse, and to draw conclusions about quality of life and its effect on elderly health in DG Khan's Tehsil Taunsa Sharif. The current research was conducted for pure academic purpose by 1st author and the results of this study were extracted from that academic dissertation. Moreover, this study was supervised by 2nd author and 3rd author contributed in analysis part of this research. In this regard, study was preceded by using quantitative research design. A sample of 200 elderly people was surveyed (both male and female at the time of interview). The elderly were interviewed with the help of their relatives. The interview schedule was used to collect data. Analysis of the data was carried out using the SPSS Software 21. The data was analyzed using the univariate regression test and the multivariate binary logistic regression test. The results of the binary logistic regression test showed that sociability get decreased as people age, depression and loneliness increased. Moreover, advancement in education of the respondents led to decrease in respondent’s depression, loneliness and sociability. Life satisfaction was affected by health and social support in different ways, depending on the person major determinants, such as education and nationality, as well as savings, income, frequency of contact with their children or relatives and neighbors, the number of known and trusted people in a village or city, as well as physical and mental health, were unaffected by age and gender. Additionally, it is recommended that in addition to primary care, health stakeholders should focus on health programs for the health promotion of elderly in order to protect the elderly from serious health problems, especially mental health problems.