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Altruism, helping, and volunteering: pathways to well-being in late life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23324536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: We examined the influence of prosocial orientations including altruism, volunteering, and informal helping on positive and negative well-being outcomes among retirement community dwelling elders.
METHOD: We utilize data from 2 waves, 3 years apart, of a panel study of successful aging (N = 585). Psychosocial well-being outcomes measured include life satisfaction, positive affect, negative affect, and depressive symptomatology.
RESULTS: Ordinal logistic regression results indicate that altruistic attitudes, volunteering, and informal helping behaviors make unique contributions to the maintenance of life satisfaction, positive affect and other well being outcomes considered in this research. Predictors explain variance primarily in the positive indicators of psychological well-being, but are not significantly associated with the negative outcomes. Female gender and functional limitations are also associated with diminished psychological well-being.
DISCUSSION: Our findings underscore the value of altruistic attitudes as important additional predictors, along with prosocial behaviors in fostering life satisfaction and positive affect in old age.
Eva Kahana; Tirth Bhatta; Loren D Lovegreen; Boaz Kahana; Elizabeth Midlarsky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and health     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1552-6887     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Health     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-17     Completed Date:  2013-04-01     Revised Date:  2014-02-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8912686     Medline TA:  J Aging Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  159-87     Citation Subset:  T    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / psychology*
Empirical Research
Helping Behavior*
Housing for the Elderly
Longitudinal Studies
Personal Satisfaction
Quality of Life / psychology*
Volunteers / psychology*
Grant Support
R01 CA098966/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01-AGO7823//PHS HHS

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