Sources of well-being in very old age

Examined ideas about the sources and processes of well-being in the context of a model derived from the work of A. Campbell et al (1976). The model allows an integration of medical, sociological, and psychological perspectives. The levels of well-being reported by the Ss in the 1st cross-sectional measurement phase of the Berlin Aging Study is described, and the extent to which objective and subjective indicators of specific life domains predict overall individual well-being are examined. The majority of Ss satisfaction with their present life conditions. However, older women, individuals aged 85 and over, and persons living in institutions reported less frequent experience of positive emotions, an important component of well-being. Path analysis indicated that subjective domain evaluations (especially subjective health) were stronger predictors of subjective well-being than were the objective measures of domain status. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the chapter)