Bowling, Ann (2006) Lay perceptions of successful ageing: findings from a national survey of middle aged and older adults in Britain. European Journal of Ageing, 3(3), pp. 123-136. ISSN (print) 1613-9372Full text not available from this archive.
The main aim of the research presented here was to identify perceptions of successful ageing among people in middle and older age groups. The method was a British population survey of 854 community-dwelling men and women aged 50 or more. Just over three-quarters of respondents rated themselves as ageing successfully ('very well' or 'well'). Respondents' definitions of successful ageing, and the reasons given for their self-ratings, based on open-ended questioning, illustrated the multidimensionality of the concept. Definitions varied with respondents' characteristics. Self-rated health status and quality of life consistently retained significance in the multivariate models of predictors of self-rated successful ageing, while self-rated quality of life made the greatest contribution to the models. Reporting a longstanding, limiting illness was not significant. The overall models explained about a third of the variation in self-rated successful aging. Lay definitions of successful ageing were multidimensional. A biomedical perspective of successful ageing therefore needs balancing with a psycho-social perspective, and vice versa. This is particularly relevant for biomedical approaches which have largely ignored the rich tradition of social and psychological research on this topic. Self-rated successful ageing should be included in measuring instruments to enhance social relevance. This research, with the use of open-ended questioning, makes a novel methodological contribution to the literature, is unique in questioning middle aged as well as older people, and provides a British perspective on a largely US and German topic.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||successful ageing, ageing, quality of life, health status|
|Research Area:||Allied health professions and studies
Health services research
|Faculty, School or Research Centre:||Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences|
|Depositing User:||Susan Miles|
|Date Deposited:||25 Nov 2010 13:56|
|Last Modified:||25 Nov 2010 13:56|
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