Do Optimism and Pessimism Predict Physical Functioning?

  title={Do Optimism and Pessimism Predict Physical Functioning?},
  author={Gretchen A. Brenes and Stephen R. Rapp and W. Jack Rejeski and Michael E. Miller},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
Dispositional optimism has been shown to be related to self-report measures of health and well-being, yet little research has examined the relationship between optimism and more objective measures of functioning. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between optimism and pessimism and objective physical functioning. Four hundred eighty community-dwelling older adults with knee pain completed a measure of optimism and pessimism and were observed performing four daily… CONTINUE READING

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