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Disengagement Reconsidered: Awareness of Finitude

Disengagement Reconsidered: Awareness of Finitude Abstract This paper summarizes the research concerning the disengagement theory of aging. It examines awareness of finitude, defined as the individual's estimate of his time remaining before death, as a variable which may explain some of the contradictory findings of the disengagement literature. Interviews with 120 residents of old age institutions revealed awareness of finitude to be a better predictor of disengagement than was chronological age. Future research should examine whether awareness of finitude is also a significant predictor of disengagement outside of institutional settings. This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes 1 This research was suported by the AoA, DHEW (AOA 90-A-1198). © 1980 The Gerontological Society of America http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Gerontologist Oxford University Press

Disengagement Reconsidered: Awareness of Finitude

The Gerontologist , Volume 20 (4) – Aug 1, 1980

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 1980 The Gerontological Society of America
ISSN
0016-9013
eISSN
1758-5341
DOI
10.1093/geront/20.4.457
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Abstract

Abstract This paper summarizes the research concerning the disengagement theory of aging. It examines awareness of finitude, defined as the individual's estimate of his time remaining before death, as a variable which may explain some of the contradictory findings of the disengagement literature. Interviews with 120 residents of old age institutions revealed awareness of finitude to be a better predictor of disengagement than was chronological age. Future research should examine whether awareness of finitude is also a significant predictor of disengagement outside of institutional settings. This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes 1 This research was suported by the AoA, DHEW (AOA 90-A-1198). © 1980 The Gerontological Society of America

Journal

The GerontologistOxford University Press

Published: Aug 1, 1980

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