Title

Living in the doldrums: The lived experience of dispiritedness in later life

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

7-1-2010

NLM Title Abbreviation

Res Gerontol Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Research in gerontological nursing

PubMed ID

20635800

DOI of Published Version

10.3928/19404921-20100601-04

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/706