The relationship between gerotranscendence and demographics in institutionalized elders

Ling Yu Hsieh, Jing Jy Wang

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Gerotranscendence is a shift of meta-perspective in later life that enables elders to experience successful aging and late-life growth. However, poor self esteem, illness or undergoing a major life event can hinder elders from achieving gerotranscendence status. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between gerotranscendence and demographic factors. This was a descriptive-correlational research that used cluster sampling to collect data from 150 elderly residents of five long-term care facilities located in southern Taiwan. All were older than 65 and cognitively intact. Research instruments included the Basic Demographic Sheet and Gerotranscendence Scale. Data were analysed using SPSS 14.0 software. Findings showed that elders in Taiwan had a relatively lower level of gerotranscendence than other developed country peers. Influencing factors in gerotranscendence included gender, education, social economic status, religious beliefs, previous living conditions and particular events occurring within the previous two-year period. Study findings help health professionals better understand the development of the psychosocial perception of elders as well as assist clinical caregivers to plan relevant activities and nursing interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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