Role of Sex, Socioeconomic Status, and Emotional Support in Predicting Aging Perception Among Older Adults

Role of Sex, Socioeconomic Status, and Emotional Support in Predicting Aging Perception Among... Self-perception is found to be a central predictive factor in experiencing successful aging. The aim of this study was to explore the role of sex, socioeconomic status, and emotional support in elders’ aging perception. A cross-sectional design was used with 300 older aged participants recruited from 23 clinics and health centers in Qazvin, Iran. Data were collected included questions to elicit demographic information and Barker’s aging perception questionnaire. Exploratory multiple linear regression showed that the level of emotional support (β: −12.10; 95% CI: [−20.72, −3.48]), socioeconomic status (β: 2.84; 95% CI: [0.25, 5.43]), and women (β: −4.34; 95% CI: [−6.91, −1.77]) were associated with aging perception among elders. Educational level and marital status did not significantly contribute to the variance of AP. Findings revealed that aging perception was related to individual differences as well as social and emotional factors. Researchers, health-care professionals, and elders may benefit from thinking about old age as an inevitable life stage. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Aging and Human Development SAGE

Role of Sex, Socioeconomic Status, and Emotional Support in Predicting Aging Perception Among Older Adults

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SAGE Publications
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© The Author(s) 2017
ISSN
0091-4150
eISSN
1541-3535
D.O.I.
10.1177/0091415017727211
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Abstract

Self-perception is found to be a central predictive factor in experiencing successful aging. The aim of this study was to explore the role of sex, socioeconomic status, and emotional support in elders’ aging perception. A cross-sectional design was used with 300 older aged participants recruited from 23 clinics and health centers in Qazvin, Iran. Data were collected included questions to elicit demographic information and Barker’s aging perception questionnaire. Exploratory multiple linear regression showed that the level of emotional support (β: −12.10; 95% CI: [−20.72, −3.48]), socioeconomic status (β: 2.84; 95% CI: [0.25, 5.43]), and women (β: −4.34; 95% CI: [−6.91, −1.77]) were associated with aging perception among elders. Educational level and marital status did not significantly contribute to the variance of AP. Findings revealed that aging perception was related to individual differences as well as social and emotional factors. Researchers, health-care professionals, and elders may benefit from thinking about old age as an inevitable life stage.

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The International Journal of Aging and Human DevelopmentSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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