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Successful ageing : perceptions of adults aged between 70 and 101 years

Knight, Tess and Ricciardelli, Lina 2003, Successful ageing : perceptions of adults aged between 70 and 101 years, International journal of aging and human development, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 223-245.

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Title Successful ageing : perceptions of adults aged between 70 and 101 years
Author(s) Knight, Tess
Ricciardelli, Lina
Journal name International journal of aging and human development
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 223
End page 245
Publisher Baywood Publishing Co Inc
Place of publication Farmingdale, N.Y.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0091-4150
1541-3535
Keyword(s) adaptation
psychological
aging
age factors
adult
aged
Summary In this research, content analysis was employed to investigate older adults' perceptions of successful aging and the relationship of these perceptions to definitions given in the literature to date. Participants were 18 males and 42 females between the ages of 70 and 101 years. Analyses revealed older adults mentioned only 1 or 2 criteria of successful aging if asked for a definition; however, when prompted, they rated almost all the criteria emerging from the literature as highly important. Participants reported adjusting to the situations they were in by compensating for losses that occurred and selecting activities that best suited their capabilities. Overall, older adults' perceptions of successful aging were similar to aspects identified in the literature. Not all aspects, however, were seen as important by all participants, and only low to moderate correlations were found between some aspects of successful aging. (Contains 3 figures and 4 tables.)
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
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