Feasibility and effect of a multidimensional support program to improve gerotranscendence perception and depression for older adults: A pragmatic cluster-randomized control study

Shu-Chuan Chen, Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones

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Improving perception of gerotranscendence can increase life satisfaction in older adults to achieve successful aging. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and effect of a multidimensional support program (MSP) on gerotranscendence and depression in community-dwelling older adults. Using a cluster-randomized control trial design, four sites (98 participants) were randomly assigned to a MSP or control group. The Gerotranscendence Scale and Geriatric Depression Scale were administered pre- and postintervention. A total of 91 participants completed the study. The mean attendance rates in the MSP and control groups were 85.5% and 84.3%, respectively. The MSP was found to significantly enhance the perception of gerotranscendence in older adults but not their level of depression. This study demonstrated the MSP is a feasible and effective program to improve perception of gerotranscendence and may potentially lead to positive psychological well-being for older adults. [Res Gerontol Nurs. 20xx; x(xx):xx-xx.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-158
Number of pages11
JournalResearch In Gerontological Nursing
Issue number3
Early online date26 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


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