TitleFewer ups and downs: daily stressors mediate age differences in negative affect.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCharles, STurk, Luong, G, Almeida, DM, Ryff, C, Sturm, M, Love, G
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published2010 May
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Affect, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging, Attitude to Health, Female, Humans, Life Change Events, Longitudinal Studies, Middle Aged, Personality Inventory, Resilience, Psychological

<p>The current study examined age differences in daily stressors, positive events (uplifts), and their associations with emotional experience among healthy older women. Women (N = 101, 63-93 years old) reported their daily experiences across 1 week. Older age was related to fewer stressors and less frequent negative affect. However, the association between negative affect and age was no longer significant after accounting for the occurrence of daily stressors. Older age was not significantly related to positive affect, although positive uplifts were reported less frequently with age. Findings provide a contextual explanation for emotional experience in very late life, where reduced exposure to stressors partially explains age-related reductions in negative affect.</p>

Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
PubMed ID20123699
PubMed Central IDPMC2981451
Grant ListAG023845 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
M01-RR03186 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States
P50-MH61083 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States