Rebecca Stewart

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Honors Thesis


In assisted living communities (ALCs), participation in group activities is promoted and encouraged due to the knowledge we have thus far on the benefits of social engagement. Socioemotional selectivity theory, a popular social engagement theory, suggests that how long a person feels they have left to live (also known as their future time perspective) determines how they utilize their remaining time. Using this theory, it is presumed that an assisted living resident with a low future time perspective will participate in fewer group activities offered within the ALC. After controlling for participants without cognitive impairments, a quantitative secondary data analysis was conducted on data collected by Dr. Rebecca Mauldin for residents (n=32) of a Houston, Texas ALC. Upon completion of a multiple linear regression, it was found that the relationship between the residents’ future time perspective, tenure, and participation in group activities was not significant.

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