In between un-settling and settling: An existential-phenomenological study of the transition from independent to assisted living for African American men and women

by McFadden, Millicent, Psy.D., THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2010, 155 pages; 3411577


This study examines the African American experience of transition from an independent living to an assisted living setting. I will focus on the transitional space and time faced by some older adults when leaving their familiar home environment and entering an assisted living facility. The aging adult population is steadily increasing and diversifying the United States. Aging adults are an underserved population that is often portrayed as a homogeneous group and viewed negatively. The purpose of this study is to learn how adults in the aging experience make sense of a particular transition in their life. The transitional period highlights the time following admittance into the assisted living facility. A phenomenological study using a protocol methodology will be conducted to understand the transition. Face-to-face, semi-structured interviews will be employed to illuminate the aging adult's experience of transitioning.

Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBlack studies; Developmental psychology; Psychology; Clinical psychology
Publication Number3411577

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