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We sought to investigate whether three protective factors, (physical health, social support, and self-efficacy) predict resilience in Marin County older adults to promote successful aging in place. Fifty-eight Marin County participants aged 62 years and older participated in an exploratory cross-sectional quantitative study. Recruited from senior community programs and personal contacts, participants completed four self-report questionnaires. Descriptive and multivariate analyses using SPSS were conducted to investigate the relationship between the key variables. Of the three protective factors, self-efficacy is the most important predictor of resilience. Physical health and social support are important predictors of self-efficacy. In conclusion, three protective factors influence resilience, especially self-efficacy, and should be incorporated into occupational therapy interventions to build resilience in older adults.
Susan Morris, Ph.D., OTR/L
Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
resilience, successful aging, older adults, protective factors, self-efficacy, physical health, social support, aging in place, actively aging, geriatrics, occupational therapy, OT
McClain, Jessica; Lee, Caroline; and Gullatt, Katelyn, "Protective Factors and Resilience in Older Adults" (2017). Student Research Posters. 53.