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Self-reported Goal Pursuit and Purpose in Life Among People With Dementia.
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PMID:  21187337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objectives. Existential aspects of well-being are rarely studied in people with dementia, despite their reported importance. Self-report methods are also rarely used, despite the growing evidence for its use in mild-to-moderate dementia and the lack of concordance between self-reports and proxy reports of well-being. The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between one aspect of well-being, purpose in life, and one of its predictors, goal pursuit, while employing the self-report of individuals with dementia. METHODS: Questionnaire and experimental methods were used to gauge the relationship between goal pursuit and purpose in life. The experimental portion was structured around creative drawing activities that are often used in adult day service centers. RESULTS: People with mild-to-moderate dementia were able to provide reliable self-report data on their well-being. A strong association between goal pursuit and purpose in life emerged, but dementia severity did not moderate this relationship. Discussion. People with dementia who engage in goal-directed activity may experience a greater sense of purpose. Results from this study illuminate the experience of psychological well-being in dementia and may inform activity programming for this population.
Wingyun Mak
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-5368     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508483     Medline TA:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Correspondence should be addressed Wingyun Mak, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, 300 Crittenden Boulevard, Box Psych, Rochester, NY 14642. E-mail:
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