Lielplessness and hopelessness among the insiitutionalized aked: Agn experiment

Susan Mercer, Rosalie A. Kane

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To the elderly person, admission to a nursing home usually symbolizes the end of self-responsibility and control over his or her environment. Learned helplessness and hopelessness may ensue, leaving the resident more vulnerable to illness. The authors describe an experiment in a nursing home and give concrete recommendations on how to offer residents choices and a sense of control to help alleviate this problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-116
Number of pages26
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1979


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