SAGE Journal Articles

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LO 18.1. Compare the roles of self-concept, reminiscence, and life review in developing a sense of ego integrity.

Williams, B. R., Blizard, T. I., Goode, P. S., Harada, C. N., Woodby, L. L., Burgio, K. L., & Sims, R. V. (2014). Exploring the affective dimension of the life review process: Facilitators’ interactional strategies for fostering personhood and social value among older adults with early dementia. Dementia, 13(4), 498-524.

Summary/abstract excerpt: The article explored the affective dimension of life review sessions with community-dwelling older military veterans with minor cognitive impairment (MCI) and early dementia.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How do individuals with early-stage dementia appraise themselves? What effect does that have on their psychological well-being?
  2. What is reminiscence therapy?
  3. Is reminiscence therapy a useful process for individuals in the early-stage of dementia?

LO 18.3. Explain the contributions of religion and social support to older adults’ well-being.

Krause, N., & Hayward, R. D. (2014). Religion, finding interests in life, and change in self-esteem during late life. Research on Aging, 36(3), 364-381.

Summary/abstract excerpt: The article explores how involvement in religion may help promote interests in life, and thus a greater sense of self-worth, in older people.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What are the key relationships discussed in the study with respect to religion, interests in life, and self-esteem?
  2. What factors promote interests later in life?
  3. What is the developmental trend in feelings of self-worth over time? What consequences does this have?