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Meaning in life in earlier and later older-adulthood : confirmatory factor analysis and correlates of the meaning in life questionnaire

Hallford, DJ, Mellor, D, Cummins, RA and McCabe, MP 2016, Meaning in life in earlier and later older-adulthood : confirmatory factor analysis and correlates of the meaning in life questionnaire, Journal of applied gerontology, In Press, pp. 1-25, doi: 10.1177/0733464816658750.

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Title Meaning in life in earlier and later older-adulthood : confirmatory factor analysis and correlates of the meaning in life questionnaire
Author(s) Hallford, DJ
Mellor, DORCID iD for Mellor, D orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Cummins, RAORCID iD for Cummins, RA orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
McCabe, MP
Journal name Journal of applied gerontology
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher SAGE publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 1552-4523
1552-4523
Keyword(s) factor analysis
meaning in life
measurement invariance
older adults
well-being
Summary OBJECTIVE: To validate the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) in earlier and later older-adulthood, and examine its correlates. METHOD: Participants in earlier (n = 341, M age = 68.5) and later older-adulthood (n = 341, M age = 78.6) completed the MLQ and other measures. Confirmatory multigroup analysis, correlations, and regression models were conducted. RESULTS: A two-factor (presence and search), eight-item model of the MLQ had a good fit and was age-invariant. Presence and search for meaning were largely unrelated. Meaning was associated with life satisfaction, well-being across a range of domains, and psychological resources. Searching for meaning correlated negatively with these variables, but to a lesser degree in later older-adulthood. DISCUSSION: The MLQ is valid in older-adulthood. Meaning in life is psychologically adaptive in older-adulthood. Searching for meaning appears less important, especially in later older-adulthood. Findings are discussed in the context of aging and psychosocial development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0733464816658750
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920502 Health Related to Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086004

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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