This study aimed to examine perceptions of ES and its effect on mood among older adults residing in assisted living facilities (ALFs). Residents (N=6) were exposed to two videos comprised of an interaction of a nursing assistant aiding an older adult resident during activities of daily living. One of the videos demonstrated neutral communication, whereas the other video demonstrated communication with elderspeak. A mood rating was obtained prior to and immediately following exposure to each of the videos. Participants also provided ratings of the nursing assistant, and completed a qualitative interview that gathered their opinions, perceptions, and perceived differences between the videos. Results indicated that exposure to ES did not have a significant effect on negative or positive mood states. Differences in perceptions regarding the nursing assistant were present, as ES was found to be less caring and respectful and more controlling. Qualitative data suggest that differences in the communication styles were noticed. Future research with larger sample sizes is warranted to determine how communication using elements of ES affects the mood of older adults residing in ALFs.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Shoutz, P. T. (2020). An Investigation into the perceptions of elderspeak and how it effects mood among an assisted living population [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1030
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