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Younger and Older Adults' Beliefs About the Experience and Expression of Emotions Across the Life Span.
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PMID:  24077659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
METHODS: Younger and older adults rated the extent to which infants, children, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults were likely to experience and express a range of emotions.
RESULTS: Younger and older adults held similar beliefs about the course of emotions across the life span. Moreover, these beliefs differed across emotion categories. In particular, although older adults were believed to experience and express fewer highly charged, negative emotions, they were expected to be more likely to experience and express positive, low arousal emotions, as well as negative, low arousal emotions. The experience and expression of positive, high arousal emotions were seen as more characteristic of very young age groups as opposed to older age groups.Discussion.These findings beg questions about if and how beliefs about emotion may affect age-related emotion regulation strategies and other everyday emotion-focused behaviors, as well as social reactions to older adults observed experiencing and expressing particular types of emotions.
Joann M Montepare; Heidi Dobish
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-5368     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-9-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508483     Medline TA:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Correspondence should be addressed to Joann M. Montepare, RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, Lasell College, 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466. E-mail:
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