The Empty Nest Syndrome among Older Adults in Thai Society: The Roles of Nurses

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Surinrat Baurangthienthong
Duangrat Kaveenuntachai
Areeya Kiatkongrabue


The empty nest syndrome (ENS) in older adults is a response to the anxiety of older adults when their last adult child has to leave the house permanently. If older adults are left with this feeling for a long time, ENS tends to cause depression and can affect their illness. Although Thai cultures are concerned about respecting families and expressing gratitude to parents, the transformations of society may affect older adults becoming ENS.

This article aimed to describe the meaning, causes, factors, and applications of nursing processes in older adults who had ENS in Thai society. In addition, the nursing processes played an essential role in ENS, which required assessment, observation, and distribution of the multidisciplinary in caring for older adults, such as psychiatrists, psychologists and occupational therapists investigating the mental health of older adults. Besides, promoting social support resources appropriately for older adults is necessary to promote a good quality of life with a strong body and mind.

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Baurangthienthong, S., Kaveenuntachai, D., & Kiatkongrabue, A. (2023). The Empty Nest Syndrome among Older Adults in Thai Society: The Roles of Nurses. Vajira Nursing Journal, 25(2), 96–109. Retrieved from
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