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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


This study explored Reed’s theory of self-transcendence as a potential developmental resource and correlate of well-being within the long term care population. Self-transcendence is a healthy maturation process of expanding one’s conceptual boundaries inwardly through increased self-understanding; outwardly through investing in relationships with others and the environment; and/or temporally by integrating perceptions of one’s past and future in a way that enhances the present. A descriptive correlational research design examined the level of self-transcendence and the relationship of self-transcendence to depression among nursing home residents. The sample of 51 oldest-old adults ranged from 80 to 103 years old.

Participants were interviewed using five survey instruments. Inferential statistics and correlational analysis demonstrated high self-transcendence and an inverse relationship between self-transcendence and depression. Concurrent high levels of depression may indicate the need for nursing homes to actively facilitate expansion of self boundaries in residents in order for them to experience well-being.


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