Socioemotional Selectivity Theory and the Regulation of Emotion in the Second Half of Life

  title={Socioemotional Selectivity Theory and the Regulation of Emotion in the Second Half of Life},
  author={Laura L. Carstensen and Helene H. Fung and Susan T. Charles},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
Far more attention has been paid to emotion regulation in childhood than in adulthood and old age. However, a growing body of empirical research suggests that the emotion domain is largely spared from deleterious processes associated with aging and points instead to developmental gains in later life. By applying tenets from socioemotional selectivity theory, we attempt to explain the observed gains in terms of motivation. We argue that age is associated with increasing motivation to derive… 

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