Title page for ETD etd-06102009-185319

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dodson, Amy Catherine
URN etd-06102009-185319
Title Social Support at Community Centers: Its Meaning in the Lives of Senior Citizens
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Chair
Hendrickson, Edward L. Committee Member
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member
Sayre, Julia B. Committee Member
  • older adults
  • social support
  • community centers
Date of Defense 2009-05-28
Availability unrestricted
Research surrounding older adults, social support, and emotional well-being are richly researched topics. However, literature is devoid of qualitative studies and research focusing specifically on community centers and older adults’ social networks, which are integral for understanding the growing needs of older adults in today’s society. Guided by the theoretical frameworks of phenomenology, activity theory, and ecological theory, four in-in-depth interviews were conducted and then coded for themes. The central themes highlighted family connection, connection with others, resiliency, helping others, type of activity, restoring self, community connection, exploration, convenience, and life stages. Suggestions for future research and possible impacts for clinical practice are discussed.
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