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Socio-demographic correlates of psychological wellbeing among older adults in Bhutan

Nidup Dorji 1, Michael Dunn 2, Mahesh Gurung 3


Wellbeing is a complex combination of physical, psychological, emotional, and social health factors of a person. Feeling of wellbeing is essential for the overall health of a person, and enables them to be successful and achieve what they want in life. There is paucity of study on the wellbeing of older adults in Bhutan. This study attempted to assess how older adults in Bhutan perceive their wellbeing and determine its socio-demographic correlates. World Health Organization Five Wellbeing Index was applied to measure wellbeing. Findings indicated above average wellbeing score with nature of relationship with children, education level, and employment status as an independent correlates. Efforts to enhance relationship between family members could be more relevant for the wellbeing of older adults. Further research on wellbeing is required to incorporate determinants other than socio-demographic variables.


wellbeing; older adults; Bhutan

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