The two faces of age identity

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Weiß D, Lang F
Journal: GeroPsych
Publisher: Hogrefe
Publication year: 2012
Volume: 25
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 5-14
ISSN: 1662-9647
eISSN: 1662-971X


As people grow older they develop a sense of a dual age identity, referring to their age group and generation (Weiss & Lang, 2009). Two studies (N = 37, 60-85 years and N = 104, 65-88 years of age) compared and contrasted older adults' cognitive representations of two types of age cohort groups (age group vs. generation). Analyses reveal that age-group identity was more frequently associated with loss and decline, whereas generation identity was more frequently associated with positive characteristics and increased levels of agency. Findings also show that generation identity may - especially in later adulthood - serve as a means to compensate for loss. The self-protective function of the dual age identity and the dynamic and flexible nature of identification are further discussed. © 2012 Hogrefe Publishing.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Lang, Frieder Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie

How to cite

Weiß, D., & Lang, F. (2012). The two faces of age identity. GeroPsych, 25(1), 5-14.

Weiß, David, and Frieder Lang. "The two faces of age identity." GeroPsych 25.1 (2012): 5-14.


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