Author

De Noble

Date of Award

12-1987

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Doris A. Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Dean R. Tyndall

Third Advisor

Dr. Cindee Q. Peterson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between life satisfaction and the volition subsystem of 32 older adults who reside in nursing homes. Specifically, it attempts to measure congruence or the perception of the individual that the inherent characteristics of an activity "fit" his or her sense of personal causation, values and interests. The study examines the relationship between this congruence and life satisfaction.

Results of the study identified positive correlations between congruence and life satisfaction. Correlations between congruence of volition subsystem components and activity were at a statistically significant level (p <.05) for personal causation, values and total volition. Correlations between congruence of volition subsystem components and some specific activities were also found.

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