Portland State University. School of Social Work
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
1 online resource (65 p.)
Self-esteem, Older people -- Psychology, Old age homes
The two primary purposes of this exploratory study were (1) to establish the theoretical tenability of focusing on the maintenance of self-esteem as a means for enhancing the quality of life in the institutionalized elderly, and (2) to identify factors related to self-esteem in a home for the aged sample.
Literature reviewed relative to the importance of self-esteem, its development, and its maintenance or change indicated that (1) self-esteem is related to personal satisfaction and effective social functioning: (2) self-esteem develops and is maintained or changed as a function of factors in an individual’s immediate interpersonal environment; and (3) institutionalization itself is not the critical factor affecting self-esteem of institutionalized persons.
Hoffer, Vernon E., "Self-esteem and the Elderly : an Exploratory Study of a Residential Population in a Home for the Aged" (1977). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2565.