The relationship between satisfaction with the accessibility of the living environment and depressive symptoms

Adi Vitman Schorr, Liat Ayalon, Snait Tamir

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Abstract

The goal of the study was to explore the relationship between perceived accessibility (person-environment fit) and depressive symptoms as potentially mediated by satisfaction with social relationships and physical activity. A convenience sample of 422 older adults aged 65 and over was interviewed. Using bootstrapping, we tested the strength and significance of the conditional indirect effects of two simultaneous mediators of the relationship between perceived accessibility of the living environment and depressive symptoms. The results demonstrated a direct negative effect between perceived accessibility and depressive symptoms, and that the relationship between perceived accessiblity and depressive symptoms was mediated by negative connections between satisfaction with social relationships and physical activity. The findings indicate that policy makers and professionals working with older adults should seek methods for enhancing both accessibility and social relationships in order to alleviate the depressive symptoms of older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101527
JournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
Volume72
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Mediation model
  • Perceived accessibility
  • Person-environment fit
  • Physical activity
  • Social relationships

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