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Perceived latitude of choice of institutionalized and noninstitutionalized elderly women.

Authors
  • Hulicka, I M
  • Morganti, J B
  • Cataldo, J F
Type
Published Article
Journal
Experimental aging research
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1975
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
27–39
Identifiers
PMID: 1053201
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An Importance, Locus and Range of Activities Checklist, designed to assess self-perceived latitude of choice, a self concept and a life satisfaction scale were administered to 25 institutionalized and 25 noninstitutionalized elderly females. The checklist contained statements about 37 activities of daily living which subjects rated for personal importance and degree of choice available to them. The derived latitude of choice score was based jointly on importance and choice ratings for each activity. Institutionalized respondents, living in a relatively restrictive environment, earned significantly lower latitude of choice scores than did noninstitutionalized subjects. Latitude of choice, self concept and life satisfaction scores were significantly correlated. These findings attest to the appropriateness of the technique used to assess perceived latitude of choice. Modifications of the Importance, Locus and Range of Activities Checklist designed to provide a more profound measure of latitude of choice and to improve the applicability of the scale to different categories of respondents were discussed.

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