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Langer & Rodin, 1976: Taking responsability of themselves and making their own choices improved health and well-being among nursing-home residents

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Langer, E. J., & Rodin, J. (1976). The effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged: A field experiment in an institutional setting. Journal of personality and social psychology, 34(2), 191.
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Summary:

Nursing-home residents were told of their many responsibilities and choices and given a plant and told it was their responsibility to take care of it. As compared to a control-condition floor, this increased (at 3-weeks) residents’ self-reported happiness, activity level, and nurses’ judgment of improvement and (at 18-months) nurses’ rating of activity level, doctors’ rating of health, and reduced the mortality rate from 30% to 15% (Rodin & Langer, 1977).

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Changing beliefs about ability or potential

Psychological Question Addressed

Can I control important aspects of my life?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Can I control important aspects of my life?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018