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dc.contributor.authorWagner, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorGerstorf, Denis
dc.contributor.authorHoppmann, Christiane A
dc.contributor.authorLuszcz, Mary Alice
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-04T23:16:44Z
dc.date.available2015-11-04T23:16:44Z
dc.date.issued2013-07
dc.identifier.citationWagner, J., Gerstorf, D., Hoppmann, C., and Luszcz, M.A., 2013. The nature and correlates of self-esteem trajectories in late life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105(1), 139-153.en
dc.identifier.issn1939-1315
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/35724
dc.description.abstractIs it possible to maintain a positive perspective on the self into very old age? Empirical research so far is rather inconclusive, with some studies reporting substantial declines in self-esteem late in life, whereas others report relative stability into old age. In this article, we examine long-term change trajectories in self-esteem in old age and very old age and link them to key correlates in the health, cognitive, self-regulatory, and social domains. To do so, we estimated growth curve models over chronological age and time-to-death using 18-year longitudinal data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (N = 1,215; age 65–103 years at first occasion; M = 78.8 years, SD = 5.9; women: 45% of sample). Results revealed that self-esteem was, on average, fairly stable with minor declines only emerging in advanced ages and at the very end of life. Examination of the vast between-person differences revealed that lower cognitive abilities and lower perceived control independently related to lower self-esteem. Also, lower cognitive abilities were associated with steeper age-related and mortality-related self-esteem decrements. In our discussion, we consider a variety of challenges that potentially shape self-esteem late in life and highlight the need for more mechanism-oriented research to better understand the pathways underlying stability and change in self-esteem.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Research Council DP130100428en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherAmerican Psychology Associationen
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP130100428en
dc.rightshttp://www.apa.org/pubs/authors/posting.aspxen
dc.subjectPsychologyen
dc.subjectAgeingen
dc.titleThe nature and correlates of self-esteem trajectories in late lifeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.relation.grantnumberARC/DP130100428en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1037/a0032279en
dc.rights.holder©2015 American Psychological Associationen
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