Dynamics of nutritional health in a community sample of American elders: A multidimensional approach using Roy Adaptation Model

Cheryl Chia Hui Chen, Chin Kuo Chang, Deborah A. Chyun, Ruth McCorkle

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Nutritional health of community-dwelling elders has been shown to be one of the prime indices of health, influencing the elders' ability to live independently. However, little research has been directed toward understanding the dynamics of nutritional health in community-dwelling elders using a multidimensional theory approach. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dynamics of nutritional health within the context of Roy Adaptation Model. Factors associated with nutritional health of community-dwelling elders were cross-examined. Depressive symptoms, functional status, oral health, and income emerged as independent predictors of nutritional health adjusting for confounders. This finding lends support to the notion that multidimensional biopsychosocial factors contribute to the dynamics of nutritional health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-389
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005



  • Aged
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutritional status
  • Oral health
  • Roy Adaptation Model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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