Houston, D.M. and McKee, K.J and Wilson, J. (2000) Attributional style, efficacy, and the enhancement of well-being among housebound older people. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 22 (4). pp. 309-317. ISSN 0197-3533.
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This study examines the effects of an intervention that involves the compilation of a book of wartime experiences on a group of housebound older people who live in the community with the support of social services. Using the theoretical framework of the Hopelessness Theory of Depression (Abramson, Metalsky, & Alloy, 1989), we examine the impact of attributional style (Abramson et al., 1989) and efficacy (Bandura, 1977; Houston, 1995) on changes in psychological well-being following the intervention. Prior to the intervention, participants completed a newly constructed Extended Attributional Style Scale for the Elderly and the General Health Questionnaire (Goldberg & Hillier, 1979). Following the intervention there was a significant improvement in psychological well-being across the sample-those with depressogenic styles and low efficacy and those with high efficacy and nondepressogenic styles reported most improvement. The findings indicate that a relatively small-scale intervention can have a significant impact on the well-being of order people living alone in the community.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology|
|Depositing User:||O.O. Odanye|
|Date Deposited:||02 Apr 2009 20:59|
|Last Modified:||18 Jan 2012 10:00|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16235 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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