Age identity and subjective well-being: a comparison of the United States and Germany.

@article{Westerhof2005AgeIA,
  title={Age identity and subjective well-being: a comparison of the United States and Germany.},
  author={Gerben J. Westerhof and Anne E. Barrett},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={60 3},
  pages={
          S129-36
        }
}
  • G. Westerhof, A. Barrett
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
OBJECTIVE This article investigates the theoretical and empirical relationship between age identity and subjective well-being (SWB) in a cross-national context. Feeling younger than one's actual age is considered a self-enhancing illusion that contributes to SWB even beyond factors predicting age identities and SWB, such as health and socioeconomic status. As the United States is more youth oriented than Germany, age identities are expected to be more adaptive for American adults. METHODS… Expand
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