The utility of Selective Optimization with Compensation for promoting adjustment and well-being post-admission to assisted living as a function of perceived decisional control

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dc.contributor Allen, Rebecca S.
dc.contributor Hilgeman, Michelle M.
dc.contributor Scogin, Forrest Ray
dc.contributor Shah, Avani
dc.contributor.advisor Parmelee, Patricia A.
dc.contributor.author Regier, Natalie Grace
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:51:08Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:51:08Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001371
dc.identifier.other Regier_alatus_0004D_11549
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1838
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The decision to transition to long-term care profoundly affects the lives of older adults, yet they often play a limited role in the decision-making process or are excluded altogether. This finding is alarming, as the adverse effects of low perceived control on adjustment to long-term care are well-documented. The present study examined the association of perceived decisional control with older adults' well-being and adjustment to an assisted living facility. These outcomes were then examined within the framework of the well-known and validated metamodel, Selective Optimization with Compensation (SOC; Baltes & Baltes, 1990). Specifically, the current study assessed whether or not the indirect effects (via perceived decisional control) of contributing factors to relocation on measures of adjustment and well-being were impacted when new assisted living residents focused their resources on whatever goals were deemed most important, realistic, and helpful in adapting to the environment. In a sample of 91 newly-transitioned assisted living residents in Maryland and Alabama, perceived decisional control was significantly associated with moving for reasons related to safety, caregiver burden, health, and capacity for independent living. Perceived decisional control partially mediated the effects of safety, caregiver burden, and health on acceptance; safety, caregiver burden, and health on negative affect; safety and caregiver burden on depression; and safety, caregiver burden, and health on socialization. Additional results partially support the moderating role of SOC strategies on the strength of indirect effects of several predictor variables on outcomes post-relocation. Overall, SOC adaptations appear to promote adjustment and well-being to relocation at various levels of perceived decisional control.
dc.format.extent 94 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Aging
dc.subject.other Gerontology
dc.title The utility of Selective Optimization with Compensation for promoting adjustment and well-being post-admission to assisted living as a function of perceived decisional control
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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