The dynamics of possible selves in old age.

  title={The dynamics of possible selves in old age.},
  author={J Kristin Smith and Alexandra M. Freund},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  volume={57 6},
Future-oriented motives are thought to be cast off in old age. Transcripts of the hopes and fears of participants in the 4-year longitudinal sample of the Berlin Aging Study (N = 206, 70-100+ years) were coded for central domains and motives (e.g., gain, maintenance, avoiding loss) and evaluated for the amount and direction of change. Domains of personal characteristics, health, and social relationships predominated together with gain motives. Over time, 72% of participants added new domains of… CONTINUE READING

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