Document Type : Original Article


1 Nursing Student Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Community Health and Gerontological Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 Department of Health Education, School of Health, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran


BACKGROUND: Increasing in elderly’s population and their individual and social problems especially
mental health problem in this group need special attention. The aim of this study was evaluation
of health promotion behaviors training program efficacy on general health components in elderlies
referring to health centers in Isfahan city.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a tri phasic field trial in 2014 in which 72 elderlies
allocated randomly in two case and control groups. Case group participated in 9 training sessions on
stress management and interpersonal relationships and the control group participated in 2 sessions
with a neutral discussion content. Data collection tools were demographic information questionnaire
and general health questionnaire 28. Pretest, posttest, and 2‑month follow‑up were performed in
two groups. Data were analyzed by t‑test, analysis of variance with repeated measurement, least
significant difference post hoc test, and SPSS 20 software.
RESULTS: Findings of this study showed that the average of general health score in case and
control groups had not significant difference before the intervention (P > 0.05). However, the mean
difference of general health score after intervention and 2‑month follow‑up was statistically significant
in two groups (P < 0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that interpersonal relationship and stress management training
program are effective on promotion of mental health in elderlies. Hence, the findings of this study
can be used in the field of treatment and care of the elderly by other health‑care categories.


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