The normal psychology of the aging male: Sex differences in coping and perceptions of life events
The data illustrate some important methodological considerations about the study of life events and the study of developmental data. As the data on the distribution of life events indicate, when individuals retell their life stories, events are rarely discrete. Psychologically, an event expands to include those predictors that later became apparent and the time taken to put the event into perspective. This calls into question the interpretation given to many life event questionnaires that seek to consider an event within narrow time framework. Positive and negative events appear to have differential consequences.