ERIC Number: EJ746063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Perceived Changes in Well-Being: The Role of Chronological Age, Target Age, and Type of Measure
Okun, Morris A.; Dittburner, Julie L.; Huff, Barbara P.
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v63 n4 p259-278 2006
The goal of this study is to investigate whether perceived changes in one's well-being from the present to the future are related to chronological age, target age, and type of measure (psychological well-being versus life satisfaction). Young adults (N = 114) rated their current well-being and their future well-being at one of three target ages (30, 50, or 70 years old) and middle-aged adults (N = 51) rated their current well-being and future well-being at the target age of 70 years old. Future self-enhancement effects were observed on both measures of well-being for young adults and on life satisfaction for middle-aged adults. Future self-enhancement effects were greater for life satisfaction than for psychological well-being. One-way MANOVAs showed that there were chronological age differences but not target age differences in the magnitude of future self-enhancement effects for well-being. Future self-enhancement effects were larger for young adults than for middle-aged adults. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Well Being, Young Adults, Adults, Age, Life Satisfaction, Age Differences, College Students, Attitudes
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