The impact of personality and social status factors upon levels of activity and psychological well-being.

Journal Article

The fact that the relationship between levels of activity and psychological well-being is not a simple one that suggests an optimal theory of aging has been previously recognized. Explanation of individual differences in levels of activity and psychological well-being, however, remains a salient theoretical issue. In the present study, multiple regression is used to examine the impact of both personality and social status variables upon levels of activity and psychological well-being in a sample of 380 white males and females, aged 50-76. The results indicate that both personality and social status factors are significant predictors, although levels of activity and psychological well-being are best predicted by different variables. The most striking finding of the study is the substantial power of personality factors to significantly predict psychological well-being.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • George, LK

Published Date

  • November 1, 1978

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 840 - 847

PubMed ID

  • 744858

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1422

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/geronj/33.6.840

Language

  • eng