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This study is a qualitative research. The objective was to study self - care behavior when illness, Social support and the relationship between self - care behavior and when illness and social support among Karieng elderly people at Ban Karieng Ruammit, Muang District, Chiang Rai Province. Between December 2017 to April 2018, the population consisted 102 Karieng elderly people. The research instruments included the Personal Data Recording form, self-care behaviors when illness questionnaires and social support questionnaires that the researcher developed.The examination of the content validity by 3 experts have Content Validity Index (CVI) = 0.99.Then analyzed by Cronbach's alpha coefficient equal to .84 and .81 respectively. After that, the data were analyzed. by using the mean, standard deviation and analyzed the relationships by using Pearson's product moment correlation coefficient.
The result of this study found that the most of the population were female. 51.0% were young old (60 - 69 years) 54.0% had self-care behaviors when illness had a good level (Mean = 2.02, σ = .724), Social support had Moderate level (Mean = 2.57, σ = .726), found that self-care behaviors when illness and social support were significance level of .05 (r = .008, p<.05).
The results of the study can be used to care plan for elderly people with social support to ensure sustainable care in the community
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