Psychometric Properties of a Tool to Assess Mental Restoration among Community-Dwelling Elders

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160600
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Psychometric Properties of a Tool to Assess Mental Restoration among Community-Dwelling Elders
Abstract:
Psychometric Properties of a Tool to Assess Mental Restoration among Community-Dwelling Elders
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Jansen, Debra, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 105 Garfield Avenue, Box 4004, 215 Nursing - UWEC, Eau Claire, WI, 54702-4004, USA
Contact Telephone:715.836.5183
Well-being for many people as they grow older involves maintaining optimal mental as well as physical functioning. Based on the Kaplan and Kaplan Attention Restoration Theory, exposure to mentally restorative activities such as observing nature is associated with improved capacity to direct attention (concentrate) as well as feelings of greater mental energy, peacefulness, and refreshment. Research on the benefits of restorative activities has been done with cancer patients, pregnant women, and college students. However, little literature exists regarding the benefits and types of restorative activities engaged in by elders, a group in need of means to promote optimal daily functioning. Further, there are few instruments to measure the extent to which elders engage in and benefit from restorative activities. Therefore, two studies are currently being conducted with the purpose of determining the psychometric properties of a new instrument, the Assessing Restoration Tool (ART), aimed at measuring exposure to various restorative activities and their restorative benefits for community-dwelling elders. In the first study, 30 elders (28 females, 2 males) were interviewed to identify activities they perceived to be restorative. Each also rated the activities according to frequency of participation and restorative qualities. These ratings are being compared to the Canin Restorative Evaluation tool, a general measure of restoration qualities, to provide some evidence of criterion-related validity. A content analysis of the activities identified in the first study produced items for the new ART tool. For content validity, a panel of knowledgeable researchers and a pilot sample of elders reviewed the instrument. In the second study, test-retest reliability is being assessed with a sample of 20 community-dwelling elders. In the future, the ART will be used to systematically assess the benefits afforded by restorative activities and their relationships to mental and physical well-being for community-dwelling elders.
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.titlePsychometric Properties of a Tool to Assess Mental Restoration among Community-Dwelling Eldersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160600-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Psychometric Properties of a Tool to Assess Mental Restoration among Community-Dwelling Elders</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">Jansen, Debra, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 105 Garfield Avenue, Box 4004, 215 Nursing - UWEC, Eau Claire, WI, 54702-4004, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">715.836.5183</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jansenda@uwec.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Well-being for many people as they grow older involves maintaining optimal mental as well as physical functioning. Based on the Kaplan and Kaplan Attention Restoration Theory, exposure to mentally restorative activities such as observing nature is associated with improved capacity to direct attention (concentrate) as well as feelings of greater mental energy, peacefulness, and refreshment. Research on the benefits of restorative activities has been done with cancer patients, pregnant women, and college students. However, little literature exists regarding the benefits and types of restorative activities engaged in by elders, a group in need of means to promote optimal daily functioning. Further, there are few instruments to measure the extent to which elders engage in and benefit from restorative activities. Therefore, two studies are currently being conducted with the purpose of determining the psychometric properties of a new instrument, the Assessing Restoration Tool (ART), aimed at measuring exposure to various restorative activities and their restorative benefits for community-dwelling elders. In the first study, 30 elders (28 females, 2 males) were interviewed to identify activities they perceived to be restorative. Each also rated the activities according to frequency of participation and restorative qualities. These ratings are being compared to the Canin Restorative Evaluation tool, a general measure of restoration qualities, to provide some evidence of criterion-related validity. A content analysis of the activities identified in the first study produced items for the new ART tool. For content validity, a panel of knowledgeable researchers and a pilot sample of elders reviewed the instrument. In the second study, test-retest reliability is being assessed with a sample of 20 community-dwelling elders. In the future, the ART will be used to systematically assess the benefits afforded by restorative activities and their relationships to mental and physical well-being for community-dwelling elders.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:05:57Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:05:57Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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