Activities and well-being in older age: effects of self-concept and educational attainment
Research was undertaken to examine the association of social activities with the well being and health of older individuals through the development of a theoretical model directed toward self-concept. The study sample were 1,471 persons 30 years and older residing in Detroit, MI. Results revealed that leisure activities contributed to the well being of the aged. Also, leisure activities boosted the self-confidence of the individuals since there were feelings of competence and agentic sense of self. The causal research model was used since it linked the agentic self perception to the activities.
Publication Name: Psychology and Aging
The effects of bereavement on eating behaviors and nutrient intakes in elderly widowed persons
Eating has both health and social functions. Widowhood, by changing the social environment, alters the meaning of eating for the survivor, and often leads to poorer eating behavior and lower nutrition. Fifty recently widowed persons and a matched control group of married persons were interviewed about eating behavior and recorded dietary intake; the widowed sample also completed a Grief Resolution Index. Success at grief resolution was positively correlated with better nutrition and good eating behaviors.
Publication Name: Journals of Gerontology
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