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Intraindividual Variability and Stability of Affect and Well-Being


Röcke, Christina; Brose, Annette (2013). Intraindividual Variability and Stability of Affect and Well-Being. GeroPsych, 26(3):185-199.

Abstract

Whereas subjective well-being remains relatively stable across adulthood, emotional experiences show remarkable short-term variability, with younger and older adults differing in both amount and correlates. Repeatedly assessed affect data captures both the dynamics and stability as well as stabilization that may indicate emotion-regulatory processes. The article reviews (1) research approaches to intraindividual affect variability, (2) functional implications of affect variability, and (3) age differences in affect variability. Based on this review, we discuss how the broader literature on emotional aging can be better integrated with theories and concepts of intraindividual affect variability by using appropriate methodological approaches. Finally, we show how a better understanding of affect variability and its underlying processes could contribute to the long-term stabilization of well-being in old age.

Abstract

Whereas subjective well-being remains relatively stable across adulthood, emotional experiences show remarkable short-term variability, with younger and older adults differing in both amount and correlates. Repeatedly assessed affect data captures both the dynamics and stability as well as stabilization that may indicate emotion-regulatory processes. The article reviews (1) research approaches to intraindividual affect variability, (2) functional implications of affect variability, and (3) age differences in affect variability. Based on this review, we discuss how the broader literature on emotional aging can be better integrated with theories and concepts of intraindividual affect variability by using appropriate methodological approaches. Finally, we show how a better understanding of affect variability and its underlying processes could contribute to the long-term stabilization of well-being in old age.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Gerontology
Health Sciences > Geriatrics and Gerontology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gerontology, Geriatrics and Gerontology
Language:English
Date:1 January 2013
Deposited On:27 Feb 2019 09:09
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:16
Publisher:Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN:1662-9647
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1662-9647/a000094

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