The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 4 552-557, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
Enhancing the self-esteem of selected male nursing home residents
DE Frey, TJ Kelbley, L Durham and JS James
Department of Human Services, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435.
This study investigated treatment procedures for enhancing the self- esteem
of older adult male nursing home residents. Twenty-one subjects were
assigned randomly to either a control group meeting to discuss current news
events or an experimental group receiving the intervention. Self-esteem
significantly increased for the experimental subjects but not before they
experienced a significant decrease in feelings of self-worth. The
midtreatment observation of the dependent variable was a vital factor in
determining the curvilinear relationship between time and the protocol.