Happiness and Health in a Connecticut Nursing Home

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2. The question presented in this study is would increasing the power and control an individual have over their life cause them to be more happy and healthy? This is an important question because the results could help patients in nursing homes to be both happier and healthier. Langer and Rodin's hypothesis was that if patients in a nursing home were given more control over their lives and activities, they would show improvements in mental alertness, activity level, satisfaction with life, and other measures of behavior and attitude.

3. The participants of this study was 91 individuals who were living at Arden House, a Connecticut nursing home. these individuals were separated into two groups, the first group ( containing 8 men and 39 women) received the "increased-responsibility" treatment, and a comparison group (containing 9 men and 35 women) who's routine remained relatively unchanged. The participants in the "increased-responsibility" group were told that they had the liberty to decide what to do with their time and the responsibility to care for themselves; such as how t...

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