Self-concept in older adults: An integrative review of empirical literature

Valerie T. Cotter, Elizabeth W. Gonzalez

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The aging process leads to normative age-related bodily and functional declines and numerous social changes and life events that potentially threaten the self-concept. Despite these changes, the majority of older adults are able to maintain a positive sense of self and remain resilient. This article presents an integrative review of the empirical literature addressing self-concept in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-348
Number of pages14
JournalHolistic nursing practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Integrative review
  • Nursing
  • Older adults
  • Self-concept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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