C.S. Lewis and Physical Therapy: What's Love Got to do with It?




Whittaker, Stacy

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This research was concerned with temporary nursing home residents’ physical therapy progression and regression and its relationship to social support as operationalized by C.S. Lewis’ The "Four Loves." Most previous research has concluded that there is a relationship between social support and health. This researcher informally interviewed 17 subjects participating in physical therapy at Deer Creek Rehabilitation of Wimberley, TX. The interview measured their amount of social support as operationalized by Lewis’ The "Four Loves." These 17 subjects’ initial and final MDS (Minimum Data Set) physical therapy score differences were collected. The MDS Scores and Love Interview Scores were analyzed using SPSS software in a Pearson Correlation Test. The correlation coefficient was .037. This is an extremely weak relationship, which means that this research discovered no relationship between C.S. Lewis’ The "Four Loves" social support and physical therapy progression and regression. This may be due to many limitations with this study.



physical therapy, Lewis, C. S., social support, The Four Loves, geriatrics, Honors College


Whittaker, S. (2008). C.S. Lewis and physical therapy: What's love got to do with It? (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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