Correlates of Attitudes Toward Personal Aging in Older Assisted Living Residents

Nan Sook Park, Yuri Jang, Beom S. Lee, David A. Chiriboga, Victor Molinari

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Abstract

This study explored factors contributing to older adults’ self-perceptions about their own aging in assisted living (AL) communities. Data analysis was completed based on interviews with 150 older residents from 17 AL communities. Multiple regression analyses found that functional disability and hearing impairment negatively affected attitudes toward personal aging among AL residents, and satisfaction with social support positively influenced attitudes. Health perception mediated attitudes toward personal aging. Findings suggest the importance of social workers helping older AL residents recognize social support as a means of promoting their positive self-regard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-252
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2015

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Keywords

  • assisted living
  • attitudes toward personal aging
  • health perception

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