Meaning of life and related factors among community-dwelling elders in Yunlin County

Tzu Ting Huang*, Liu Yin Lin

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify the meaning of life as perceived by the community-dwelling elders and their predictors. Methods: A cross-sectional, correlational design was used to a 308 randomized (probabilities proportional to size measure) community-dwelling elders in Yunlin County to assess their physical and mental health status, social support, life events and meaning of life. Results: 1. The scores of "descendant of accomplishment" were higher than "personal value" of meaning of life among subjects. 2. The results from the regression analyses indicate that a combination of "social support", "psychological function", "educational level", "life changing event", and "gender" explained 66.7% of the variability of the meaning of life among the elders. Among these variables, "social support" was the most powerful predictor that explained 46.5% of the variability. Conclusions: The results of this study improve the understanding of meaning of life from the elders' perspective for service providers. Thus, appropriate programs to promote the meaning of life and quality of life for elders can be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004

Keywords

  • Elder
  • Meaning of life
  • Social support

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