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Stress and coping in a country in economic crisis: the perceptions of the elderly in Greece: A qualitative study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The economic crisis in Greece and its consequences have clearly affected the well-being and the health of the citizens of Greece. The elderly are considered a high risk group, since they are by nature more prone to physical and psychological illnesses. Now, due to the economic crisis, additional problems appeared in the lives of the elderly. Indicatively, experiences of poverty, since the elderlies’ pensions incurred significant cuts and experiences of unmet care, since the health sector deteriorated. This study focuses on exploring the perceptions and experiences of the elderly in Greece, during the economic crisis, in order to explore how they manage.

Methodology: A qualitative study using in-depths interviews was employed. The interviews were conducted with 12 senior citizens, in order to explore the perceptions of the elderly, concerning their life during the economic crisis. The research process was guided by grounded theory and a theoretical framework that based on the concepts of stress and coping.

Main Finding: During the analysis of the data two core categories were emerged and a reciprocal relationship between them was constructed and analyzed. The relationship resulted in a new concept that was named ‘’ The Greek Coping Continuum’’.

Conclusion: The main finding of the study highlights the importance of family in the lives of the elderly and the determination of the elderly to survive the economic crisis, not only for their sake but for their family’s sake as well. Protective interventions should be considered in order to safeguard the well-being and the health of the elderly and their families.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 33 p.
, Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2014:21
Keyword [en]
Stress, Coping, Elderly, Greece, Economic Crisis
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106734OAI: diva2:844413
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health
2014-05-27, A109, Caring Science Building, Umeå, 15:30 (English)
Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2015-08-05 Last updated: 2016-04-07Bibliographically approved

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