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At the time of intake, 634 (36.3%) subjects fell under 'Joint type of family' category of some degree or other ('Completely', 'Verymuch', 'Somewhat', and 'Slightly'), while 1111 (63.7%) subjects were living in 'Not at all joint' family. At the time of followup, 615 (35.2%) fell under the 'Joint Family' of some tipe or other, thereby indicating a significant fall in the degree of jointness of their living. On the other hand, those who were living in 'Not at all joint' family increased to 1130 (64.8%), a statistically significant finding. In summary, the family jointness deteriorated to a greater degree than the benefit of jointness occurring in those who were living in 'Not at all joint' family category. (Table 6)

Table 7
Family Integration : Index & Followup
(N = 1745)

    Followup

 
  Family Integration Well and Moderately
integrated
Somewhat, not
integrated and isolated
Total

I Well and Moderately integrated 1203 41 1244
N Somewhat, not integrated and isolated 61 440 501
D   -------- -------- --------
E Total 1264 481 1745
X   -------- -------- --------
Mc Nemar test: It is seen that in 12% of the elderly, the family integration status had improved during followup while in 3% of the elderly, it deteriorated.


One thousand two hundred and forty-four subjects (71.3%) were considered fairly 'well and moderately integrated' into the family at the intake point. At the time of followup, this figure rose to 1264 (72.4%) indicating a significant degree of 'improvement in integration'. 501 subjects (28.7%) were poorly integrated or 'isolated' at the time of intake and there was a decline in number indicated by the followup figure of 481 (27.6%). Hence, there has been an overall significant improvement in the 'family integration' at the time of.followup. (Table 7)

Table 8
Social Integration : Index & Followup
(N = 1745)

    Followup

 
  Social Integration Well, Moderately and
Somewhat integrated
Not integrated and
Socially isolated
Total

I Well, Moderately and Somewhat integrated 1649 2 1651
N Not integrated and Socially isolated 64 30 94
D   -------- -------- --------
E Total 1713 32 1745
X   -------- -------- --------
Mc Nemar test: In 68% of the elderly there was an improvement in the degree of social integration while in a meagre 0.1% there was a decline.

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