ERIC Number: ED320093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Life, Love, and Dreams from the Nineties.
Wright, Natalie K.; And Others
Literature reveals few if any studies made of 90-year-olds, much less those who are alert, analytical, and possible introspective. Through the use of in-depth interviews, this study attempted to add to what little is known about 90-year-olds today, particularly information about the life and thoughts and the love and dreams of a generation which is reaching the end of a century and the end of life. Subjects (N=4) were located in the community. Five interviews were conducted with each subject at weekly intervals; each interview lasted about an hour and was recorded on audiotape. Interviews focused on family and childhood; adolescence, association with the opposite sex, starting a career, and marriage; the productive years from age 30 to 70; the present age; and present age and beliefs about death and the role that love had played in the subjects' lives. The results of the interviews indicated these individuals found meaning in being imaginative, inventive, and disciplined and in leading productive, useful, and self-satisfying lives. They also found meaning in the weight of past mistakes and lessons they shoulder, in romantic love on the one hand and pragmatic love on the other, and also in setting goals, but only with a firm sense of when to modify them. Research is needed with many more individuals. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (36th, Dallas, TX, April 12-14, 1990). For a related document, see CG 022 597.