The effects of the Columbia shuttle disaster on the daily lives of older adults: Findings from the VA Normative Aging Study

S. D. Neupert*, D. M. Almeida, D. K. Mroczek, A. Spiro

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Abstract

During 2002-2003 the VA Normative Aging Study conducted an eight-day diary survey of stressors and well-being. A sub-sample of 19 men and 13 women (mean age = 71.78) completed daily questionnaires before and after the Columbia shuttle exploded on 1st February 2003, presenting a unique look into peoples' daily lives before and after a tragic event. Results indicated no significant changes in negative affect or physical symptoms, but people reported significant decreases in both positive affect and memory failures on days following the shuttle explosion. Implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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