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Self-perceptions of age and illness in older Australian adults

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Self-perceptions of age and illness have been

    independently linked to a range of psychological, psychosocial,

    and physical health outcomes. However, subjective

    experiences of illness and ageing in older adults have been

    examined separately. While both age and illness self-perceptions

    uniquely contribute to the psychological health

    of older adults, some findings suggest age and health are

    intimately linked concepts for this population. The Common-

    Sense Model (CSM) has been a useful conceptual framework

    for examining subjective illness representations, and how

    these guide cognitive and emotional responses to illness

    experiences. We apply this framework to self-perceptions of

    ageing.

    Objective: This study utilised the CSM to concurrently

    examine age and illness self-perceptions in subjectively

    healthy versus chronically ill older adults.

    Method: This study uses a cross-sectional design. Correlational

    analyses were performed to examine the relationship

    between age and illness self-perceptions in 194 older,

    community-dwelling Australian adults (mean age of 65

    years) living with (N = 90) and without (N = 104) chronic

    illness. Participants completed questionnaires which assessed

    the age and illness dimensions of identity, timeline (cyclical/

    acute), control, consequences and emotional representations.

    The questionnaires were delivered online as part of a larger

    survey.

    Results: Preliminary analysis indicates significant relationships

    between the age and illness dimensions for emotional

    representations, timeline (cyclical), and control in both the

    healthy and chronically ill groups. A signifi cant relationship

    for the consequences dimension was found for the chronically

    ill group only.

    Conclusions: The implications of the findings are discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Turner, Louise (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Gonsalvez, Craig J. (external author)
  •   Iverson, Donald C.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Turner, L., Caputi, P., Gonsalvez, C. J. & Iverson, D. C. (2012). Self-perceptions of age and illness in older Australian adults. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31 (Supplement S2), 61-61.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/44

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 61

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • Supplement S2

Abstract


  • Background: Self-perceptions of age and illness have been

    independently linked to a range of psychological, psychosocial,

    and physical health outcomes. However, subjective

    experiences of illness and ageing in older adults have been

    examined separately. While both age and illness self-perceptions

    uniquely contribute to the psychological health

    of older adults, some findings suggest age and health are

    intimately linked concepts for this population. The Common-

    Sense Model (CSM) has been a useful conceptual framework

    for examining subjective illness representations, and how

    these guide cognitive and emotional responses to illness

    experiences. We apply this framework to self-perceptions of

    ageing.

    Objective: This study utilised the CSM to concurrently

    examine age and illness self-perceptions in subjectively

    healthy versus chronically ill older adults.

    Method: This study uses a cross-sectional design. Correlational

    analyses were performed to examine the relationship

    between age and illness self-perceptions in 194 older,

    community-dwelling Australian adults (mean age of 65

    years) living with (N = 90) and without (N = 104) chronic

    illness. Participants completed questionnaires which assessed

    the age and illness dimensions of identity, timeline (cyclical/

    acute), control, consequences and emotional representations.

    The questionnaires were delivered online as part of a larger

    survey.

    Results: Preliminary analysis indicates significant relationships

    between the age and illness dimensions for emotional

    representations, timeline (cyclical), and control in both the

    healthy and chronically ill groups. A signifi cant relationship

    for the consequences dimension was found for the chronically

    ill group only.

    Conclusions: The implications of the findings are discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Turner, Louise (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter
  •   Gonsalvez, Craig J. (external author)
  •   Iverson, Donald C.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Turner, L., Caputi, P., Gonsalvez, C. J. & Iverson, D. C. (2012). Self-perceptions of age and illness in older Australian adults. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31 (Supplement S2), 61-61.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/44

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 61

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • Supplement S2