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Disengagement and Morale

Disengagement and Morale Abstract In an empirical study of the “disengagement theory” of aging, the factor of morale was found unrelated to marital status, sex, health status, income, cause of unemployment, aging, and engagement. The study replicated the methods used by Cumming and Henry in their Kansas City Study of Aging, including their “morale index.” Morale appears to be related to life style and circumstances often beyond control: health, income, widowhood, and retirement. It is suggested that the process of social withdrawal be studied since only voluntary disengagement may yield high morale, while enforced, stressful disengagement may be associated with hopelessness and despair. This content is only available as a PDF. © 1970 The Gerontological Society of America http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Gerontologist Oxford University Press

Disengagement and Morale

The Gerontologist , Volume 10 (4_Part_1) – Dec 1, 1970

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Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 1970 The Gerontological Society of America
ISSN
0016-9013
eISSN
1758-5341
DOI
10.1093/geront/10.4_Part_1.317
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Abstract

Abstract In an empirical study of the “disengagement theory” of aging, the factor of morale was found unrelated to marital status, sex, health status, income, cause of unemployment, aging, and engagement. The study replicated the methods used by Cumming and Henry in their Kansas City Study of Aging, including their “morale index.” Morale appears to be related to life style and circumstances often beyond control: health, income, widowhood, and retirement. It is suggested that the process of social withdrawal be studied since only voluntary disengagement may yield high morale, while enforced, stressful disengagement may be associated with hopelessness and despair. This content is only available as a PDF. © 1970 The Gerontological Society of America

Journal

The GerontologistOxford University Press

Published: Dec 1, 1970

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