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ERIC Number: ED186784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-2
Reference Count: 0
Future Time Perspectives in Old Age, Adulthood and Youth.
Krajcir, Stephen F.; Sundberg, Norman D.
There have been few studies comparing personal future perspectives across wide sectors of the life span and none comparing societal future perspectives. Age groups, each consisting of 41 women and 10 men who were elderly (over 60), in middle adulthood (26-45), or adolescence (14-16) were asked to list events they expected to happen in their future lives and in the community, nation or the world; to assign time; and to state if the events would be pleasant or unpleasant. It was hypothesized that a curvilinear relationship would occur between age and length of "looking ahead," with the adult group the highest. While the results tended in that direction, only the elderly were significantly lower than the other two groups. As hypothesized, societal time spans were not significantly different among the age groups. It was also hypothesized that depressive mood would be associated with a shorter time span; this finding was confirmed for the elderly for both personal and societal futures. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Span
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).