The short-term association between acute physical symptoms and negative affect in older adultsThe short-term association between acute physical symptoms and negative affect in older adults: the buffering effects of goal adjustment capacities
ISBN: 0494206896 ISBN13: 9780494206898 LCC: LE3
Summary:The onset of physical illness can contribute to depressive symptoms
in the elderly. In turn, depression can also have a detrimental
impact on physical health. This reciprocal relationship may produce a
downward spiral, characterized by low subjective well-being and
subsequent health declines. An important facet contributing to
psychological well-being is the attainment of daily - and life-goals.
However, the experience of acute physical symptoms (APS) may hinder
the pursuit of these goals. In such circumstances, individuals' goal
adjustment capacities can help maintain a sense of control and
prevent the experience of negative emotions that stem from the
constraints on goal attainment. Specifically, goal disengagement can
protect individuals from the negative effect of failure, while goal
reengagement can help individuals maintain a sense of purpose in
life. The objective of this study was to examine the short-term
relations between APS and negative affect in 215 older adults. The
experience of APS was expected to contribute to same-day negative
affect and to an increase in negative affect across three normal
days. No reciprocal impact of negative affect on APS was anticipated.
Furthermore, it was expected that goal adjustment capacities would
buffer the negative effects of APS on emotional well-being. The
results demonstrated that APS predicted both same-day and an increase
in negative emotions across days. Additionally, both goal adjustment
capacities moderated the relationship between APS and same-day
negative affect, while only goal disengagement buffered the
relationship across days. Negative affect did not contribute to the
experience of increased APS across days. Implications of the findings
for successful aging are discussed
Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Psychology, Concordia University, 2006.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 71-82)
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Copy 3, microfiche.Ottawa, Ont.: Library and Archives
Canada,[2006?].2 microfiches.(Canadian thesis = Thڲeses canadiennes)
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Book Details:Language: eng
Physical Description: ix, 96 leaves ; 29 cm.
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