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"The Blessing" and Quality of Life among Older Adults at First Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California
by Wilson-Jen, Nancy, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2018, 165; 10788618
Abstract (Summary)

The doctoral project was developed to determine the extent to which over sixty-years-of-age members of First Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California perceived they received the five elements of “The Blessing,” described by authors Gary Smalley and John Trent in their books by the same name. Perceived adult quality of life was also assessed. These were measured using a twenty-item questionnaire, administered to 151 participants. The questionnaire had ten questions about receiving “the blessing” elements before the age of twenty and ten questions about adult quality of life. The Q1–Q10 (X) and the Q11–20 (Y) were evaluated using a Pearson Correlation Formula. Percentage of rates (1–5 corresponding to Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree) for each of the twenty items were calculated. Fourteen respondents who volunteered in response to the researcher’s invitation were interviewed to expand on their perception of blessing and quality of life. The researcher discovered that in this population, there was a moderate positive correlation between early experiences of blessing and adult quality of life. Exceptions to this observation are noted. The researcher recommends that a six- to eight-week educational/experimental class be offered to the population so they have a clear understanding of “The Blessing” and are better equipped to administer it to others. A similar program will be offered at The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens retirement community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sanders, Martin, Chan, Frank
Commitee: Looney, JoAnn, Rosik, Christopher
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Biblical studies, Aging, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Blessing, Intergenerational, Quality of life
Publication Number: 10788618
ISBN: 978-0-355-89090-7
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