Title

Systematic Review of the Physical Home Environment and the Relationship to Psychological Well-being Among Community-dwelling Older Adults

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2018

Abstract

Older adults with functional impairments are at risk of being excluded from participation in day-to-day life. This exclusion can have detrimental effects on psychological well-being. The physical home environment is a potential force for both enhancing and limiting participation for this population. This systematic review of literature examined relationships between the physical home environment, functional impairment, and psychological well-being among older adults who live in community settings. The Ecological Model of Aging served as the guiding framework for this review. Results suggest that knowledge of the relationships between these constructs is still in the early stages. While associational relationships are established, the nature of these relationships is clouded by the inconsistency of measurement across studies, as well as design challenges. Objective and subjective features of the physical home environment are linked to psychological well-being throughout the literature. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that personal competence serves as a moderator of those relationships.

Journal Title

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Volume

61

Issue

5

First Page

567

Last Page

582

DOI

10.1080/01634372.2018.1463339

First Department

Social Work

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