Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

Aging Matters 

The Concept of Attractiveness and Older Adults with Mental Illness Residing in Nursing Homes

Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC

Abstract

EXCERPT

In general society, the concept of attractiveness typically refers to physical attractiveness. People are socialized to pay attention to physical attributes, such as appearance, body size, and athleticism. The marketing industry ensures that we pay attention to the attractiveness of certain people and the beauty in items such as clothing, homes, and cars. Although we are clearly drawn to physically attractive people, we are also drawn to people on the basis of other characteristics of attractiveness, including intelligence, charisma, and wealth. Therefore, our perception of a person’s attractiveness influences the interactions we have with that person. We also can expect characteristics of attractiveness to influence our behavior in the health care arena as we interact with clients.

Abstract

EXCERPT

In general society, the concept of attractiveness typically refers to physical attractiveness. People are socialized to pay attention to physical attributes, such as appearance, body size, and athleticism. The marketing industry ensures that we pay attention to the attractiveness of certain people and the beauty in items such as clothing, homes, and cars. Although we are clearly drawn to physically attractive people, we are also drawn to people on the basis of other characteristics of attractiveness, including intelligence, charisma, and wealth. Therefore, our perception of a person’s attractiveness influences the interactions we have with that person. We also can expect characteristics of attractiveness to influence our behavior in the health care arena as we interact with clients.

Authors
Dr. Campbell is Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing, Normal, Illinois.

Address correspondence to Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790-5810; e-mail: slcampb2@ilstu.edu.

10.3928/02793695-20060901-03

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