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Predictors of subjective age before and after cataract surgery: conscientiousness makes a difference


Knoll, Nina; Rieckmann, Nina; Scholz, Urte; Schwarzer, Ralf (2004). Predictors of subjective age before and after cataract surgery: conscientiousness makes a difference. Psychology and Aging, 19(4):676-88.

Abstract

This study contributes to research on subjective age by examining the interplay of felt age with health, functional limitations, and personality. Individuals undergoing cataract surgery (N=134; 38 to 92 years of age) provided data for an assessment period of 6 weeks surrounding their scheduled surgery. Conscientiousness and repeated measurements of health indicators, functional limitations, and felt age were included in the analyses. Results indicated that functional limitations may be more important to the construction of felt age than their underlying health-related causes. Moreover, conscientious participants felt younger before and after surgery. Their functional status was less dependent on health than the functional status of less conscientious participants. This moderator effect is discussed along with health-related pathways leading to felt age.

Abstract

This study contributes to research on subjective age by examining the interplay of felt age with health, functional limitations, and personality. Individuals undergoing cataract surgery (N=134; 38 to 92 years of age) provided data for an assessment period of 6 weeks surrounding their scheduled surgery. Conscientiousness and repeated measurements of health indicators, functional limitations, and felt age were included in the analyses. Results indicated that functional limitations may be more important to the construction of felt age than their underlying health-related causes. Moreover, conscientious participants felt younger before and after surgery. Their functional status was less dependent on health than the functional status of less conscientious participants. This moderator effect is discussed along with health-related pathways leading to felt age.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:December 2004
Deposited On:11 Dec 2014 11:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:37
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0882-7974
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.19.4.676
PubMed ID:15584792

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