A comparison of life satisfaction and mood in nursing home residents and community-dwelling elders

Sarah Hall Gueldner, Susan Loeb, Diana Morris, Janice Penrod, Martha Bramlett, Linda Johnston, Patricia Schlotzhauer

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Abstract

This study compared life satisfaction and mood in a sample of 138 cognitively intact and ambulatory elders, including 70 who lived in nursing homes and 68 who lived independently in the community. Community-dwelling elders reported greater life satisfaction, and scored higher on the Vigor-Activity subscale of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) than those who lived in a nursing home. Nursing home residents scored higher on the Depression-Dejection, Tension-Anxiety, and Confusion-Bewilderment subscales of the POMS. No between group differences were shown on the Anger-Hostility and Fatigue-Inertia subscales of the POMS. The diminished life satisfaction and high depression found in the nursing home residents hold immediate implications for professionals who work in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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