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Title: Predictors of psychological well-being in the population aged over sixty five
Author: Nash, E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 8306
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2011
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Introduction: The introduction includes a discussion of the dominant concepts of well- being in the current psychological literature and how these relate to age. There is a description of some of the empirical research exploring the relationship between health and psychological well-being in later life. Current research investigating the associations between socio-demographic, health and social factors is reviewed and critiqued. The central aims of this study, to explore correlates of multiple dimensions of well-being (life satisfaction, personal growth, purpose in life, autonomy, positive relations with others, self-acceptance and environmental mastering (Ryff, 1989a)) in older age and the trajectories of well-being dimensions throughout later life, are explained. Method: A description is given of the quantitative cross-sectional design of the study, including sampling method and the procedure for carrying out data collection. Results: The sample of 203 adults aged over 65 is described. The results of both the bivariate and multivariate analysis of the associations between predictor variables and well-being dimensions are provided. Mental health variables are found to be significantly associated with all well-being dimensions and are the most frequent unique predictors at multivariate level. An inverse relationship is found between two well-being dimensions, personal growth and purpose in life, and age. Discussion: The results of the statistical analysis and how they relate to the current well-being literature is discussed. The knowledge gained about the unique relationship of anxiety to well-being is outlined. Implications for psychological theories including developmental theories, cognitive behavioural models of depression and existential theories of mental health are discussed. The strengths and weaknesses of the study are outlined and the section concludes with reflection on the learning gained through the project.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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