Linking possible selves and behavior: Do domain-specific hopes and fears translate into daily activities in very old age?

Christiane A. Hoppmann, Denis Gerstorf, Jacqui Smith, Petra L. Klumb

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Abstract

We used time-sampling information from a subsample of the Berlin Aging Study (N = 83; M = 81.1 years) to investigate the link between possible selves in three domains (health, everyday cognition, and social relations) and performance of daily activities. In the domains of health and social relations, hoped-for selves were associated with higher probabilities of performing daily activities in those domains. There were no associations in the cognitive domain or between feared selves and activities. Individuals who engaged in hope-related activities reported concurrent higher positive affect and subsequently had a higher probability of survival over a 10-year period. These findings speak to important associations between beliefs about possible selves and activities in advanced old age and the value of considering associations between microlevel and macrolevel indicators of successful aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)P104-P111
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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