The effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged: a field experiment in an institutional setting.

@article{Langer1976TheEO,
  title={The effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged: a field experiment in an institutional setting.},
  author={Ellen J. Langer and Judith Rodin},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1976},
  volume={34 2},
  pages={
          191-8
        }
}
  • E. Langer, J. Rodin
  • Published 1 August 1976
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
A field experiment was conducted to assess the effects of enhanced personal responsibility and choice on a group of nursing home residents. It was expected that the debilitated condition of many of the aged residing in institutional settings is, at least in part, a result of living in a virtually decision-free environment and consequently is potentially reversible. Residents who were in the experimental group were given a communication emphasizing their responsibility for themselves, whereas… Expand

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