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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159534
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Perceptions of Happiness among Nursing Home Residents
Abstract:
Perceptions of Happiness among Nursing Home Residents
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Kelly, Norma, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Illinois at Chicago
Title:Clinical Assistant Professor
Contact Address:One Illini Drive, Box 1649, Peoria, IL, 61656-1649, USA
Contact Telephone:309-671-8465
Nursing home residents are at risk for experiencing feelings of boredom, loneliness, and depression, yet the expectation of all human beings is the right to be happy no matter where they are in the life span. The purpose of this research study was to obtain a better understanding of the happiness of nursing home residents. The perceptions of what contributes to their happiness and what they perceive as happy events were explored. A qualitative approach based on Grounded Theory was developed. Six nursing home residents (four females and two males) from three different nursing homes were randomly selected and interviewed. The age range was between 55 and 92. The conversations were taped, transcribed, and analyzed for themes. Words associated with happiness were: being contended, autonomous, independent, physically active, having a healthy body and no regrets. They believed the necessary aspects for happiness were: stimulation, a secure and safe environment, and being responsible for something. Contributing to their happiness was the interaction with family and being surrounded by happy people. The description of a happy person was one who smiles, has good words to say, has a good outlook, is congenial, understands the significance of everything in their world, and one who is easy to talk with and laughs readily. Other contributors to happiness were nature, music, and having time to focus on spiritual needs. Happy events included playing cards, marriages, new babies, new beginnings, and being able to participate in these events. The experiences that interfered with happiness are the losses of friends, freedom, and personal possessions. The implications of this study are recognizing the importance of a "happy" environment, feelings of security and safety, family interaction, spiritual needs, personal possessions, and the bonding with personnel. This is the first step in the understanding of the happiness of these individuals.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePerceptions of Happiness among Nursing Home Residentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159534-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Perceptions of Happiness among Nursing Home Residents</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kelly, Norma, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Illinois at Chicago</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">One Illini Drive, Box 1649, Peoria, IL, 61656-1649, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">309-671-8465</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">nrkelly@uic.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Nursing home residents are at risk for experiencing feelings of boredom, loneliness, and depression, yet the expectation of all human beings is the right to be happy no matter where they are in the life span. The purpose of this research study was to obtain a better understanding of the happiness of nursing home residents. The perceptions of what contributes to their happiness and what they perceive as happy events were explored. A qualitative approach based on Grounded Theory was developed. Six nursing home residents (four females and two males) from three different nursing homes were randomly selected and interviewed. The age range was between 55 and 92. The conversations were taped, transcribed, and analyzed for themes. Words associated with happiness were: being contended, autonomous, independent, physically active, having a healthy body and no regrets. They believed the necessary aspects for happiness were: stimulation, a secure and safe environment, and being responsible for something. Contributing to their happiness was the interaction with family and being surrounded by happy people. The description of a happy person was one who smiles, has good words to say, has a good outlook, is congenial, understands the significance of everything in their world, and one who is easy to talk with and laughs readily. Other contributors to happiness were nature, music, and having time to focus on spiritual needs. Happy events included playing cards, marriages, new babies, new beginnings, and being able to participate in these events. The experiences that interfered with happiness are the losses of friends, freedom, and personal possessions. The implications of this study are recognizing the importance of a &quot;happy&quot; environment, feelings of security and safety, family interaction, spiritual needs, personal possessions, and the bonding with personnel. This is the first step in the understanding of the happiness of these individuals.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:06:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:06:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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