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Promoting self-transcendence and well-being in community-dwelling older adults : a pilot study of a psychoeducational intervention.
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  • Valerie Lander McCarthy, University of Louisville
  • Jiying Ling, Michigan State University
  • Sharon Bowland, Eastern Washington University
  • Lynne A. Hall, University of Louisville
  • Jennifer Connelly, University of Louisville
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Self-transcendence changes how older adults perceive themselves, their relationships with others, the material world, and the metaphysical or spiritual dimension. It is associated with multiple indicators of well-being. The purpose of this pilot study (N = 20) was to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of a psychoeducational intervention to increase self-transcendence and well-being of older adults. Data were analyzed using generalized estimating equations. All variables trended in the directions hypothesized. Self-transcendence increased in the intervention group and decreased in the control group but not significantly. The group × time interaction for life satisfaction was significant (z = 2.89, p = .004). This feasibility study supports further investigation to assess the effectiveness of the intervention in a larger sample.

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Geriatric Nursing, volume 36, issue 6, in 2015, following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.06.007.