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Testing continuity and activity variables as predictors of positive and negative affect in retirement

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Testing continuity and activity variables as predictors of positive and negative affect in retirement

Pushkar, Dolores and Chaikelson, June and Conway, Michael and Etezadi, Jamshid and Giannopoulos, Constantina and Li, Karen and Wrosch, Carsten (2010) Testing continuity and activity variables as predictors of positive and negative affect in retirement. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 65B (1). pp. 42-49. ISSN 1079-5014

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbp079

Abstract

This study tested predictions based on continuity and activity theories, examining effects of continuity and change in
activity parameters on positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA). Retired men and women ( N = 368) completed
measures of everyday activities and affect, repeating the measures after 2 years. Continuity of activity parameters and
affect was dominant, although number of activities decreased and ability in activities and NA increased. Changes in
activity predicted changes in affect across time. Increased activity frequency, ability, ease, and future intentions predicted
higher PA, and increased ability and ease in activity predicted lower NA. Maintaining same levels in activity parameters
usually resulted in maintained PA. The results were interpreted as providing some support for both theories.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Pushkar, Dolores and Chaikelson, June and Conway, Michael and Etezadi, Jamshid and Giannopoulos, Constantina and Li, Karen and Wrosch, Carsten
Journal or Publication:Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Date:January 2010
ID Code:6503
Deposited By:DOLORES PUSHKAR
Deposited On:22 Feb 2010 13:29
Last Modified:01 Jan 2011 01:38
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