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The Relationship Between Time Perspective and Subjective Well-being of Older Adults

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Fien Desmyter ,

Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, BE
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Rudi De Raedt

Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, BE
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Abstract

Time perspective is crucial for our present and future plans, and for the way we act in the present. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between time perspective and subjective well-being in older adults. The sample of our questionnaire study consisted of 149 older adults aged between 65 and 96 years. Time perspective was measured with the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory. The five time perspective dimensions were related to four specific aspects of subjective well-being (positive affect, negative affect, life satisfaction and depression). Future-oriented older persons had a more positive affect. Older adults who were positively oriented towards the past appeared to be more satisfied with life. A hedonistic view of the present was related to a high positive affect. Older persons with a Past-Negative perspective were more likely to experience negative affect and depressive feelings, along with a lower level of positive affect and satisfaction with life. The Present-Fatalistic time perspective correlated with more depressive symptoms. The findings emphasize the relevance of time perspective styles for the subjective well-being, which has specific implications for the way caregivers could interact with older adults to enhance quality of life.
How to Cite: Desmyter, F. & De Raedt, R., (2012). The Relationship Between Time Perspective and Subjective Well-being of Older Adults. Psychologica Belgica. 52(1), pp.19–38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-52-1-19
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Published on 01 Apr 2012.
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