The purpose of this study was to determine if there were psychosocial gains among 14 older adults after completion of an 8-week Guided Autobiography course. This study yielded both quantitative and qualitative data. Loneliness, depression and self-esteem were measured on the first and last class session. Although all the null hypotheses were accepted, posttest scores moved in a positive direction, indicating less feelings of loneliness, depression, and more feelings of self-esteem. The only significant finding was that self-esteem and self-reported health were highly correlated.
In the qualitative portion of this study, participants stated that they gained knowledge, internal motivation to keep writing, and were more optimistic about the future.
Literature that supports this present study strongly suggests that gerontologists who utilize Guided Autobiography not only can improve the quality of life for older adults, but also have better rapport with their clients in a hospital, educational or family setting.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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