As part of an effort to develop a comprehensive, empirically derived preference assessment instrument, this study examined the content and structure of the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory’s (PELI) psychosocial preferences in older adults using concept mapping. Results suggested two underlying dimensions to psychosocial preferences (Enrichment–Self-Maintenance and Extrapersonal–Intrapersonal) and six content domains (Social Contact, Growth Activities, Leisure Activities, Self-Dominion, Support Aids, and Caregivers and Care). The dimensions and content domains provide valuable information for constructing psychosocial preference instruments and customizing care.

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Carpenter, B. D, VanHaitsma, K., Ruckdeschel, K., & Lawton, M. P. (2000). The psychosocial preferences of older adults: A pilot examination of content and structure. The Gerontologist, 40(3), 335-348. doi: 10.1093/geront/40.3.335.

Team Members as Authors

Members of the the PELI Team who contributed to this publication.

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., FGSA

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Dennis Cheatham

Communication Director

Professor, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing
Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

Kimberly VanHaitsma, Ph.D., FGSA