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Monika Ardelt


Introduction:    Monika Ardelt is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. She is also a Founding Faculty Member and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Spirituality and Health at the University of Florida. Dr. Ardelt received her Diploma (M.A.) in Sociology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main in Germany and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1997, she was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging to develop and assess the empirical validity and reliability of a three-dimensional wisdom scale. In 1999, she was elected as a Brookdale National Fellow to study the similarities and differences between aging and dying well. Dr. Ardelt’s research focuses on successful human development across the life course with particular emphasis on the relations between wisdom, spirituality, aging well, and dying well. Dr. Ardelt has been published in several professional journals, such as Journals of Gerontology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Forces, Research on Aging, Journal of Aging Studies, and Journal of Religious Gerontology. (From the University of Florida website at http://web.soc.ufl.edu/faculty/ardelt.htm.)

Ardelt considers wisdom to be a "combination of personality qualities" that "cannot exist independently of individuals."
She contends that "wisdom is in fact a property of individuals," and has proposed a model of wisdom as a three-dimensional personality characteristic, the three dimensions being Cognitive, Reflective, and Affective.
An overview of her model is at http://www.wisdompage.com/Ardelt01.html

Email:    ardelt@soc.ufl.edu

Personal Web Site:   http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/ardelt/

Biography:     http://web.soc.ufl.edu/faculty/ardelt.htm

Formal CV:     http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/ardelt/

Complete Works Accessible On Line:     An extensive list of downloadable full-text articles can be found in the Selected Publications section of http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/ardelt/.