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Successful aging through television: selective and compensatory television use and well-being


Hofer, Matthias; Eden, Allison (2020). Successful aging through television: selective and compensatory television use and well-being. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 64(2):131-149.

Abstract

We applied the selection, optimization and compensation (SOC) model of successful aging to media use. Using a new self-report measure to assess selective and compensatory media use we illustrate the role of these media selection strategies in successful aging. In other words, we link compensatory and selective media use to different indicators of well-being among older nursing home residents and for a group of younger adults, which served as a comparison group. Selective media use was positively related to well-being for older, but not for younger adults, and compensatory media use was negatively related to well-being for both younger and older adults. In a second study, we replicated these findings with a sample of healthy older adults.

Abstract

We applied the selection, optimization and compensation (SOC) model of successful aging to media use. Using a new self-report measure to assess selective and compensatory media use we illustrate the role of these media selection strategies in successful aging. In other words, we link compensatory and selective media use to different indicators of well-being among older nursing home residents and for a group of younger adults, which served as a comparison group. Selective media use was positively related to well-being for older, but not for younger adults, and compensatory media use was negatively related to well-being for both younger and older adults. In a second study, we replicated these findings with a sample of healthy older adults.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords:Communication
Language:English
Date:1 May 2020
Deposited On:29 Jan 2021 15:11
Last Modified:30 Jan 2021 21:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0021-938X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2020.1721259
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDPZ00P1_174085
  • : Project TitleOlder adultsâ�� media use and well-being: Media use as a resource in the process of healthy aging

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