Understanding inter-individual variability in purpose: Longitudinal findings from the VA normative aging study

Patrick L. Hill*, Nicholas A. Turiano, Avron Spiro, Daniel K. Mroczek

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated the importance of having a purpose in older adulthood; however, little is known about whether and how individuals vary on sense of purpose over time. The current study examined patterns of mean- and individual-level change in purpose among men in the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study (n = 587, Mage = 74 years) across a 3-year span. Findings demonstrate that while little mean-level change was present, there was interindividual variability in change. Further research is needed to understand why these changes occur, as age, health status, and personality failed to predict individual fluctuations in purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-533
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology and Aging
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Health
  • Older adulthood
  • Personality
  • Purpose in life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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