Self-transcendence and correlates in a healthy population

Nurs Res. Mar-Apr 1996;45(2):116-21. doi: 10.1097/00006199-199603000-00011.


The purpose of this study was to document the presence of self-transcendence perspectives in a healthy population and to compare self-transcendence and related concepts with previous findings in elderly well persons and in those with life-threatening illness. Levels of self-transcendence, as assessed by the Self-Transcendence Scale and the Purpose-in-Life Test in a sample of 152 persons (mean age = 46 years), were similar to those found in other populations. Moderate correlations with self-transcendence and female gender; older age, and higher self-report of health status were found. Self-transcendence was strongly correlated with sense of coherence, self-esteem, hope, and variables assessing emotional well-being.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Critical Illness / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Concept
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires