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Life satisfaction and feeling in control: Indicators of successful aging predict mortality in old age

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Wiest, M and Schuez, B and Wurm, S, Life satisfaction and feeling in control: Indicators of successful aging predict mortality in old age, Journal of Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary, International Journal, 18, (9) pp. 1199-1208. ISSN 1359-1053 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1359105312459099

Abstract

Life satisfaction and control beliefs are established indicators of successful aging and predict mortality. However, it has not yet been examined whether they independently predict mortality or interact. We examined main and interaction effects using Cox proportional hazards models in a sample of older adults (N = 1402; age range: 65–91). Only the interaction of life satisfaction and control beliefs significantly predicted mortality when controlling for socio-demographic variables and health. These findings suggest that detrimental effects of low control beliefs can be buffered by life satisfaction, and unexpectedly, that high levels of both factors are not most protective against mortality.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Subjective Well-Being, Mortality, Control Beliefs, Succesful Aging
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Author:Schuez, B (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:80838
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-11-13
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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