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Adapting to unavoidable loss during adulthood : A thinking-aloud study with video vignettes


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Author(s): John DT, Lang F
Journal: GeroPsych
Publisher: Hogrefe
Publication year: 2012
Volume: 25
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: 73-82
ISSN: 1662-9647
eISSN: 1662-971X
Language: English

Abstract

Older adults are expected to better differentiate functional from dysfunctional ways of dealing with unavoidable loss. We examined whether age-differential effects of strategies on affect could be found in a simulation task concerning unavoidable loss management. In an experimental study, we confronted 83 healthy young, middle-aged, and old adults with video vignettes of a person suffering from multiple sclerosis. Participants engaged in a thinking-aloud task on managing their life after learning about the fictitious diagnosis. Only the older participants' striving for improvement was associated with an increase in negative affect after the thinking-aloud task, whereas their reorientation strategies led to enhanced affective well-being. Findings revealed age-differential effects of mentally simulating unavoidable loss. © 2012 Hogrefe Publishing.



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APA: John, D.T., & Lang, F. (2012). Adapting to unavoidable loss during adulthood : A thinking-aloud study with video vignettes. GeroPsych, 25(2), 73-82. https://dx.doi.org/10.1024/1662-9647/a000056

MLA: John, Dennis Tobias, and Frieder Lang. "Adapting to unavoidable loss during adulthood : A thinking-aloud study with video vignettes." GeroPsych 25.2 (2012): 73-82.

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