ERIC Number: ED170660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
The Correlates and Dimensions of Age Identification.
A review of the age identification literature suggests older identifiers to be chronologically older and to perceive their health and morale less positively. Most studies examining other correlates fail to control for age or health. The correlates of age identification are examined in a group of 200 workers, aged 55 and over, who predominantly perceived their health as positive. Few of the demographic, physical, interpersonal, attitudinal, or work-related variables examined related to age identification. In the area of psychological well-being, older identifiers have higher levels of life satisfaction and self-perceived happiness. An older age identification does reflect self-perceptions of oneself as less active and less potent. However, on the evaluative dimension which is indicative of self-esteem, no relationship is found with age identification. The findings question the widespread assumption that a youthful age identification is an essential requirement of successful aging. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Dept. for the Aging, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (30th, San Francisco, California, November, 1978)