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Facilitating Self-Transcendence: An Intervention to Enhance Well-Being in Late Life
Western Journal of Nursing Research (2017)
  • Valerie Lander McCarthy, University of Louisville
  • Lynne A. Hall, University of Louisville
  • Timothy N. Crawford, University of Kentucky
  • Jennifer Connelly, University of Louisville
This randomized controlled pilot study evaluated the effects of the Psychoeducational Approach to Transcendence and Health (PATH) Program, an 8-week intervention hypothesized to increase self-transcendence and improve well-being in community-dwelling women aged 60 years and older (N = 20). The PATH combined mindfulness exercises, group processes, creative activities, and at-home practice using community engaged research methods. Findings provided some support for the effectiveness of PATH. Although there was no significant Group × Time interaction, self-transcendence, psychological well-being, and life satisfaction differed significantly pre- and postintervention in the wait-listed control group, which received a revised version of the program. Further study is needed with a larger sample to determine the effectiveness of PATH. Potentially, PATH may be a convenient and affordable activity to support personal development and improve well-being among older adults at senior centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, church groups, and other places where older adults gather.
  • self-transcendence,
  • well-being,
  • life span development,
  • intervention
Publication Date
January 2, 2017
Citation Information
Valerie Lander McCarthy, Lynne A. Hall, Timothy N. Crawford and Jennifer Connelly. "Facilitating Self-Transcendence: An Intervention to Enhance Well-Being in Late Life" Western Journal of Nursing Research (2017) ISSN: 0193-9459
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