The influence of perceived control on subjective wellbeing in later life

de Quadros-Wander, S., McGillivray, J. and Broadbent, J. 2014, The influence of perceived control on subjective wellbeing in later life, Social indicators research, vol. 115, no. 3, pp. 999-1010, doi: 10.1007/s11205-013-0243-9.

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Title The influence of perceived control on subjective wellbeing in later life
Author(s) de Quadros-Wander, S.
McGillivray, J.ORCID iD for McGillivray, J.
Broadbent, J.ORCID iD for Broadbent, J.
Journal name Social indicators research
Volume number 115
Issue number 3
Start page 999
End page 1010
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 0303-8300
Keyword(s) subjective wellbeing
quality of life
perceived control
primary control
secondary control
older adults
Summary It has been proposed that a sense of control (primary control) is critical to maintaining positive and stable subjective wellbeing (SWB). As people age and control capacity presumably declines (due to physical and cognitive deterioration and increased sociocultural challenges), it is argued that the influence of secondary perceived control (or acceptance) increases to help maintain normative levels of SWB. While previous studies have typically investigated the relationship between perceived control and global estimates of satisfaction (i.e., overall life satisfaction), the present study evaluated the link between perceived control and seven key domains of satisfaction in order to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the control-satisfaction relationship. A community-based sample of 1,317 individuals (age range: 17–92 years) was utilised to examine potential age-related differences in perceived control (primary and secondary) and satisfaction. Findings revealed that primary and secondary perceived control both increased across age, with secondary perceived control increasing at a higher rate. Primary perceived control had predictive primacy for satisfaction over secondary perceived control (consistent with theory). A moderated mediation effect was also found, suggesting that, in later life, secondary perceived control influences primary perceived control and, in turn, influences satisfaction with various domains. Therefore, while primary control is important to wellbeing, it should be acknowledged that secondary perceived control may have unique significance to the wellbeing of older adults.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-013-0243-9
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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