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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


older people, quality of life, peace of mind


Aging is inevitable. It is in this process of aging that the older adults are often forced to cope with increasing numbers of adjustments. Over many of these, they have no control. Successful aging would seem to require the older adult to have the ability to adapt or cope with these changes. Attainment of serenity may influence quality of life by helping the older adult find meaning and comfort when faced with harsh life experiences. It may also be useful in achieving a sense of peace in the adjustments necessary to promote quality of life and successful aging.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of serenity to quality of life in the older adult. This study also examined the relationship of demographic variables to serenity and to quality of life.
Serenity and Quality of Life Profile- Senior Version surveys were administered and collected from 80 community-dwelling older adults at two senior citizen centers. Analysis of these surveys, using Pearson's product moment correlation showed a statistical correlation between serenity and quality of life (p < .05).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Older people -- Psychology
Quality of life
Peace of mind



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