Perceived stressors, coping strategies, and effectiveness in older adults

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dc.contributor.advisor Twibell, Kathryn R. en_US Greentree, Johnetta M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:27Z 2011-06-03T19:38:27Z 1998 en_US 1998
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1998 .G73 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to evaluate perceived stressors, coping strategies, and coping effectiveness in older adults. The theoretical framework was Lazarus and Folkman's (1984) theory of stress.Data was collected from 55 independent living adults. Findings showed that primary perceived stressors focused on health, family, and independence. The most frequently used and effective style of coping was optimistic. The least frequently used and least effective style was emotive. The most commonly used and most effective strategy was prayer. Few demographic differences in coping were noted.A major conclusion was that, while individual coping strategies were highly effective, overall older adults coped only somewhat effectively with stressors.The significance of the study was that effective coping strategies and styles as identified can guide nursing interventions for stress management among older adults. Replication of the study is needed with a large sample from a variety of populations.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Nursing
dc.format.extent vii, 105 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress in old age. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Self-perception in old age. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress management. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Perceived stressors, coping strategies, and effectiveness in older adults en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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