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作者 Macera, Elizabeth
書名 Subjective well-being in older adults: The role of interpersonal relationships
國際標準書號 9780542199783
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說明 212 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-06, Section: B, page: 3059
Adviser: Margaret Wallhagen
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, San Francisco, 2005
The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to discover how older adults explain their interpersonal relationships while relating their beliefs about successful aging. The participants were drawn from the Alameda County Study, a longitudinal investigation that began in 1965 designed to discover associations between social factors and health. After the 1999 follow-up survey, a questionnaire on successful aging was distributed to participants age 65 or older. Out of this cohort, 51 volunteers were interviewed regarding their concept of what constitutes successful aging. A research assistant conducted face-to-face interviews 60 to 90 minutes in length, which were transcribed verbatim. This project was a secondary analysis of 49 of these interviews. Using N-Vivo qualitative software, the interviews were coded and themes identified. All but five participants had children. The participants spoke of family relationships as very important to their well-being. The themes identified include freedom from family responsibilities, re-negotiating relationships with children, and re-connecting with spouse. Social comparison was identified as a major mechanism for defining oneself as an older person. In addition, gender differences were identified. A major task for women was balancing work with their family relationships. Men focused more on their relationships with children and spouses after they retired than they did while working. Overall, family relationships remain an important focus for older adults. Clinical and research implications include assisting elders to maintain their roles in the family and recognizing the importance of social comparison in self-definition
School code: 0034
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-06B
主題 Health Sciences, Nursing
Alt Author University of California, San Francisco
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