Institutionalization and Personal Control: A Panel Study of Impaired Older People

Greg Arling, Elizabeth B. Harkins, John A. Capitman

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The relationship between perceived personal control over the events of daily life and institutionalization is examined through a panel study of 151 impaired older individuals who were interviewed at two points in time six months apart. Institutionalization between the initial and follow-up interviews reduced perceived control even when taking into account functional status and sociodemographic variables. Furthermore, the decline in perceived control was greater among the less educated and more functionally impaired and those with more negative life events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-56
Number of pages19
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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