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The importance of sources of meaning in life of community dwelling psychologically frail older people

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Purpose: Psychological frailty adds most to overall feelings of frailty, but is often neglected, although meaning in life is important for psychological well-being. The purpose of this paper is to explore the sources of meaning in life within psychologically frail older people.
Design/methodology/approach: Data (n = 16.872) generated from the Belgian Ageing Studies were collected, using the Comprehensive Frailty Assessment Instrument and the Sources of Meaning Profile (SOMP-R) instrument. Psychometric properties of the SOMP-R were explored using factor and reliability analysis and one-way-ANOVA analysis were used to asses mean differences.
Findings: Financial security, meeting basic needs and personal relations play an important role as sources of meaning in life. Moreover, the SOMP-R showed excellent psychometric properties.
Research limitation: Due to the cross-sectional design of this study, evolution in time and causal links could not be assessed.
Practical implications: The findings of this study emphasise that sources of meaning in life are relevant and can be assessed using the SOMP-R upon which individually tailored care plans can be developed. The results show that, meaning in life as such plays an important role for psychologically frail older people. As a consequence, this offers insights to support these older people. Caregivers and policymakers might therefore take these results into account. Guarantee and/or follow up a frail individual's financial security, assessing and enabling one's personal relationships and meeting their basic needs are very important when taking care of psychologically frail older people individuals.
Social implications: Besides the practical implications, the social inclusion of psychologically frail older people seems to be relevant.
Originality/value: To the best of the authors' knowledge, the association between meaning in life and psychologically frailty in later life is not yet investigated. Further the findings of this study emphasise that sources of meaning in life are relevant and can be assessed using the SOMP-R upon which individually tailored care plans can be developed.
Originele taalEngels
TijdschriftWorking with Older People
ISSN1366-3666
StatusGepubliceerd - 2019

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