Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 239–247 | Cite as

Investigating Holistic Wellness Dimensions During Older Adulthood: A Factor Analytic Study

  • Thomas Foster
  • Caitlyn Galjour
  • Stephanie Spengel


The purpose of this study was to examine what dimensions of holistic wellness emerged in a sample of older adults (N = 229) using the Perceived Wellness Survey, and if these dimensions resembled developmental theories of aging. Results from an exploratory principal-axis factor analysis revealed a four-factor solution of holistic wellness: Existential Success, Existential Despair, Physical Wellness, and Future Physical Wellness. Discussion pertaining to how these factor solutions corroborate with the developmental literature is provided, as well as suggestions for further research and humanistic counseling strategies.


Holistic wellness Older adults Perceived Wellness Survey Exploratory principal-axis factor analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Foster
    • 1
  • Caitlyn Galjour
    • 1
  • Stephanie Spengel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CounselingLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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