Thesis Title: Family Environment, Quality of Sleep and Mental Health in Older Adults

Student Name: Maham Wasem

Supervisors: Ramiza Rasheed & Mujeeba Ashraf, PhD

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Abstract

The present study investigated the relationship between family environment, quality of sleep and mental health in older adults. Correlational research design was used. It was hypothesized that there would be positive relationship between family environment, quality of sleep and mental health and it was also hypothesized that mental health would be predicted by family environment and quality of sleep. Correlation and regression analysis was used for conducting the research. The sample size consisted of 50 older adults with the age ranged from 60 to 80 years. Family Environment Scale (Chadha & Bhatia, 1993), Mental Health Inventory (Viet & Ware, 1983) and Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (Buysse, et al., 1989) were used to assess family environment, mental health and quality of sleep of participants. The result of Pearson product moment correlation indicated that there is positive relationship between family environment, quality of sleep and mental health. The result of regression analysis indicated that family environment and quality of sleep were predicting mental health. Findings in the light of previous studies were explained in discussion. The result provided several insights and significant association between family environment, sleep quality and mental health.

Keywords: Family environment, quality of sleep, mental health, older adults.