Why do Older Black Adults Reminisce? An Examination of Reminiscence Functions in a Sample of Older Black Adults. Juliette Shellman, Ph.D., APHN-BC Mukumbi Brown, BSN, RN, Deborah Stone, MS, RN & Karen Addison, LCSW University of Massachusetts Lowell. Acknowledgements.
Why do Older Black Adults Reminisce?An Examination of Reminiscence Functions in a Sample of Older Black Adults
Juliette Shellman, Ph.D., APHN-BC
Mukumbi Brown, BSN, RN, Deborah Stone, MS, RN
& Karen Addison, LCSW
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Shellman, J. (PI) Patterns and Functions of Reminiscence in Black Adults.
University of Massachusetts Lowell Advancing Research, Scholarship
and Creative Work (ARSCW)Seed Grant
STudents Advancing Reminiscence Research (STARR)
Deborah Stone, Mukumbi Brown, JenebaJabbi, Gloria Adgwze,
Jenna Connolly, Charly Darius, & Diane Furey
1) Evaluate the reliability and validity of the Modified Reminiscence Function Scale in a sample of community-dwelling older Black adults.
2) Describe the patterns, and functions of reminiscence in a sample of community-dwelling older Blacks adults.
Boredom reduction, conversation, death preparation, identity, intimacy maintenance, bitterness revival, problem solving, and teach-inform (Webster, 1993; 1997)
(Robitaille et al., 2010; Webster, 1993;1997) .
Webster, Bohlmeijer, & Westerhof (2010).
“I reminisce when time is heavy on my hands”
had no cultural relevance for the sample.
1 never 5 very often
When I Reminisce it is to:
bring back bitter memories M=2.1, SD=1.1
prepare for death M=2.3, SD=.98
keep old hurts alive M=2.4, SD=1.2
understand myself better M=4.6, SD=.54
teach young people about cultural values M=3.6, SD=.76
Overall scale alpha .94
mental health and well-being of older Black adults.