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Master of Science (MS)


Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology


Nile D. Meservy


The objectives of this study were first, to examine the attitudes of L.D.S. (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; also commonly known as the Mormon Church) senior citizens living within the city limits of Logan, Utah regarding certain of their personal adjustments during old age (a personal adjustment score was derived from a scale developed by Cavan, Burgess, Havighurst and Goldhammer, 1949); and second, to determine whether selected variables were related to these attitudes toward personal adjustment. The variables examined in determining this relationship were chronological age, sex, marital status, the individual's definition of present health, length of time in current housing and the degree of social involvement.

Each of the following four variables proved to have a positive, significant association with the personal adjustment attitudinal score--chronological age, marital status, the individual's definition of present health and degree of social involvement. The two remaining variables are sex and length of time in current housing. Neither of these latter two was found to be significantly associated with the personal adjustment score



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