Thriving: A Life Span Theory

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Beth E. Barba, Professor (Creator)
Nancy F. Courts, Visiting Associate Professor (Contributor)
Anita S. Tesh, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs (Contributor)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: There is a need for aging theories to become holistic and multidisciplinary with a life span focus. A theory is the construction of explicit explanations in accounting for empirical findings. A good gerontological theory integrates knowledge, tells how and why phenomena are related, leads to prediction, and provides process and understanding. In addition, a good theory must be holistic and take into account all that impacts on a person throughout a lifetime of aging. Based on these criteria, the authors created the Theory of Thriving, with a holistic life span perspective for studying people in their environments as they age. This article proposes a theory for studying people over time in a holistic, encompassing manner.

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Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 28(3), 14-22
Language: English
Date: 2002
Gerontological theory, Holistic life span perspective, Theory of Thriving

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