Toward understanding influences of resilience for Veterans Administration nursing home residents

Nancy Eileen Kaplun Shapiro (1996)

People age 85 and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population (Williams, 1991), and are the most likely to enter a nursing home (Joiner, 1991). Research has shown that nursing home residents have relatively low subjective well-being compared to their counterparts in different environments (Quassis & Hayden, 1990). Residents of a Veterans Administration nursing home unit were assessed using measures of subjective well-being and were interviewed. The results indicated mediating variables of subjective well-being for nursing home residents; suggested implications for nursing home programming and psychotherapeutic interventions; and formed the basis for a developmental-social-ecological theory of resilience in older adult nursing home residents.