Living in the doldrums: The lived experience of dispiritedness in later life
NLM Title Abbreviation
Res Gerontol Nurs
Research in gerontological nursing
DOI of Published Version
This phenomenological investigation sought to enhance understanding of the experience of dispiritedness by providing a rich and vivid description of the essential structure of the experience in later life. van Manen's hermeneutic-phenomenological method was used to analyze the transcribed texts of 11 individuals who identified themselves as being in "later life" (mean age = 73, age range = 52 to 93) and who participated in phenomenological interviews focusing on describing the experience of dispiritedness. Statements describing the experience of dispiritedness were sorted into 21 thematic categories that were synthesized into 7 essential themes that described the structure of the lived experience of dispiritedness in later life as Arising From Life's Trying Transitions, Feeling Disengaged From Meaning, Experiencing a Restricting Loss of Vigor and Animation, Feeling Forlorn Bewilderment, Moving Between Engagement and Disengagement, Remaining Faithful to Enduring Connections, and Engaging in Day-to-Day Living.
Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging/psychology, Attitude to Health, Depression/psychology, Female, Geriatric Assessment, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Personal Satisfaction, Quality of Life
Published Article/Book Citation
Research in gerontological nursing, 3:3 (2010) pp.148-161. DOI:10.3928/19404921-20100601-04.