Dario Spini

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Institutions contribute to maintaining social order and stability in society. At the same time, they restrain the freedom of individuals. Based on the theory of value structure and content (Schwartz, 1992), we hypothesized about the relations of people's trust in institutions to their value priorities. More precisely, we predicted and found that the level(More)
The impact of social relationships on the maintenance of independence over periods of 12–18 months in a group of 306 octogenarians is assessed in this study. The study is based on the results of the Swilsoo (Swiss Interdisciplinary Longitudinal Study on the Oldest Old). Participants (80–84 years old at baseline) were interviewed five times between 1994 and(More)
The death of a significant other is seen as a major life disruption. What are the consequences when such a loss occurs during advanced old age? Based on observation of an octogenarian cohort over a period of five years (1994-1999), this study investigates the impact of losing a significant other (close relative or friend) on the health of elders and on(More)
BACKGROUND Falling is the leading cause of accidental death after 65. Fall prevention programs are effective, but they involve few seniors. This article reviewed the literature on facilitators and barriers to participate in such programs. METHODS A literature review was conducted to identify documents in English, German and French published between 1990(More)
Our research is interested in understanding how the elderly evaluate their past, so the aims of this study are, first, to understand if there are age differences within the older population in terms of positivity effect, and second, to test if perception of happiness and vulnerability are two independent recall systems. To test our hypotheses, we used the(More)
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