Age and emotion in adulthood

Daniel K. Mroczek*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

111 Scopus citations


Evidence suggests that positive affect rises from youth through young and then older adulthood, but may decline after one's mid-70s. Negative affect appears to decrease steadily from early adulthood to older adulthood, but this decline may taper off in the oldest years. The relationship between age and affect in adulthood is further complicated by the effects of moderators, such as extraversion and marital status. Despite these complexities, recent empirical studies and current theory have furthered the understanding of age and affect in adulthood, although important questions remain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Adult development
  • Affect
  • Aging
  • Emotion
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Age and emotion in adulthood'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this