Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the health, social engagement, and well-being of older adults
by Bautista, Carrie, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 72; 10239644
Abstract (Summary)

The qualitative study was developed to identify any implications to older adults’ health and well-being through social engagement and activities. The researcher utilized a convenience sample in the study due to convenience since the researcher had accessibility to the population. The researcher utilized Social Support Theory to explore this topic. Although there are many definitions for social support, three aspects of social support were utilized for the purpose of this study: emotional support, informal support and appraisal support (Cavallo, Brown, Tate, DeVellis, Zimmer, & Ammerman, 2014). Emotional support is defined as the providing of caring, love and sympathy. Informal support is defined as the exchange between relevant advice and / or information; and appraisal support is defined as providing constructive feedback in making important decisions (Berkman, Glass, Brissette & Seeman, 2000). The sample consisted of 7 participants 60 years and older, made up of disabled and retirees living independently in a low-income housing community in the city of Compton, California.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jennings, Lisa
Commitee: Campbell, Venetta, Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, Aging
Keywords: Appraisal support, Emotional support, Informal support, Social support theory
Publication Number: 10239644
ISBN: 978-1-369-39358-3
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