Subjective quality of life, perceived control and dispositional optimism among older people

Maher, Elise and Cummins, Robert 2001, Subjective quality of life, perceived control and dispositional optimism among older people, Australasian journal on ageing, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 139-146, doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2001.tb01776.x.

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Title Subjective quality of life, perceived control and dispositional optimism among older people
Author(s) Maher, Elise
Cummins, RobertORCID iD for Cummins, Robert
Journal name Australasian journal on ageing
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 139
End page 146
Publisher Council on the Ageing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2001-09
ISSN 1440-6381
Summary Objectives: To examine whether the subjective quality of life (QOL) of elderly people is held under homeostatic control, and to investigate the role of perceived control and dispositional optimism in the maintenance of subjective QOL.
Method: 100 older people (M=75.6 years) and a control group of 107 younger people (M=20.1 years) completed a self-report survey.
Results: Both groups had a level of subjective QOL within the normal range. The older group reported higher levels of secondary control and optimism, but similar levels of primary control, as the younger group. Primary control and optimism predicted subjective QOL for both groups. Secondary control was a significant predictor (or the younger group, however it was only marginally significant for the older group. Optimism accounted for the most subjective QOL variance for both groups.
Conclusions: The finding that the subjective QOL of the older group lay within the normative range supports the proposal that their subjective QOL is being successfully maintained under bomeostatic control. However, they appear to have an increased reliance on secondary control. The fact that dispositional optimism captures the predictive variance of perceived control, is an important finding adding to the understanding of subjective QOL maintenance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2001.tb01776.x
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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