Optimism Associations With Well-being Indicators Among Older People In The U.S.

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Optimism Associations With Well-being Indicators Among Older People In The U.S.

Show simple item record Vandergriff, Danny Hudson en_US 2008-04-22T02:41:14Z 2008-04-22T02:41:14Z 2008-04-22T02:41:14Z November 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1876 en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction This study is an analysis of associations between optimism and other psychological well-being indicators among people over age 65 in the U.S. The analysis is based on a stratified random sample collected in 2001 (Wave 1) with a 2004 follow up (Wave 2). The original survey was restricted to African American and Caucasian respondents who were "Christian." The purpose of this study is to provide social workers a better understanding of the function of well-being, particularly optimism, among older people. Literature Review Literature comparing well-being indicators to optimism among older populations is very limited. There are a few studies that compare older and younger groups in their level of well-being, and some include optimism as an indicator of well-being. However, few existing studies attempted to control for more than one or two well-being indicators as when considering optimisms' association to particular components of well-being. Methods Using an existing database, baseline demographics and well-being indicators were compared in chi-square and multiple regression equations to consider relationships between optimism, the demographics and other well-being indicators. Baseline demographics and well-being indicator scores, including optimism, were then compared to changes in other indicator scores between Wave 1 and Wave 2. Finally, baseline demographics and well-being indicator scores were compared to Wave 2 scores to determine which most strongly predicted future scores in optimism and the other well-being indicators. Data Analysis and Implication The baseline comparison all of the well-being indicators, except depression, had significant associations with optimism. However, only self-reported health, forgiveness of others and self-esteem predicted changes in optimism over time or future optimism independent of baseline optimism. Additionally, perceived personal control, self-esteem and death anxiety appeared to influence changes in optimism scores indirectly through baseline optimism scores. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Jordan, Catheleen en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Work en_US
dc.title Optimism Associations With Well-being Indicators Among Older People In The U.S. en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Jordan, Catheleen en_US Social Work en_US Social Work en_US University of Texas at Arlington en_US doctoral en_US Ph.D. en_US
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