Transitioning to independent living: Hopes, dreams, and possible selves
Pontinen, Heidi M. 2016. Transitioning to independent living: Hopes, dreams, and possible selves. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 88
This study will examine the hopes, fears, goals, and possible selves of older adults as they transition into a continuous care retirement community as independent living residents. There has been little research regarding the effect of a life transition on a person’s self-concept, hopes, and fears, and so it is the focus of this exploratory project. Twenty residents will participate in a one-hour personal interview about their possible selves, interests, activities, attitudes toward aging, health, perception of time, and reasons for moving. Analyses will address the number of hoped-for and feared possible selves as well as the domains of the possible selves (health, social relationships, life events, etc.). Of interest will be whether having an “expanded” or a “limited” sense of time left will be related to having achievement, maintenance, or prevention goals. Preliminary results will be presented.
Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of Psychology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences