The Relatıonshıp Between Anorexıa of Agıng and Personalıty Characterıstıcs in Older Indıvıduals wıth Chronıc Dısease

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  • Elif Yıldırım Ayaz Sultan Abdülhamid Han Training and Research Hospitaş
  • Berna Dincer



anorexia, aging, appetite, extraversion, neuroticism, personality


Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between anorexia of aging measured using nutrition-appetite and personality traits in older individuals with chronic diseases.

Materials and Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional design study was conducted with 310 participants aged over 65 years with at least one chronic disease. The Simplified Nutritional Appetite Questionnaire and the Short-Form Five-Factor Personality Inventory were administered to all participants. The relationship between nutrition-appetite and personality traits was evaluated using Spearman’s correlation analysis.

Results: The mean age of the participants was 76.36 ± 14.14 (min= 65 – max= 92) years, and 51% (n= 158) were male. A significant positive relationship was found between nutrition-appetite and extraversion and agreeableness (r= 0.678, p< 0.001 and r= 0.276, p= 0.013, respectively), and a negative significant relationship was found between conscientiousness and neuroticism (r= -0.525, p= 0.002 and r= -0.344, p= 0.005, respectively).

Conclusion: In this study, in which the relationship between personality traits and anorexia of aging in older individuals with chronic diseases was evaluated, a positive relationship was found between nutrition-appetite and extraversion and agreeableness, and a negative relationship was found between conscientiousness and neuroticism. Determination of personality traits as a part of the multidimensional assessment of the elderly may help to identify risky groups for anorexia of aging and to organize training programs suitable for temperament.


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Yıldırım Ayaz, E., & Dincer, B. (2022). The Relatıonshıp Between Anorexıa of Agıng and Personalıty Characterıstıcs in Older Indıvıduals wıth Chronıc Dısease. GEVHER NESIBE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, 7(20), 91–98.