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Title: Self-discrepancy and mental health in older women with chronic illnesses
Authors: Susan M. Heidrich
Arpaporn Powwattana
University of Wisconsin Madison
Mahidol University
Keywords: Psychology;Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2004
Citation: Journal of Adult Development. Vol.11, No.4 (2004), 251-259
Abstract: Self-discrepancy was investigated as a self-enhancing mechanism by which older women maintain their mental health and psychological well-being while coping with declines in physical health. In this 6-year longitudinal study, the mediating and moderating effects of self-discrepancy on mental health outcomes in older women with chronic health problems were tested. Participants were 103 community-dwelling older women who completed multiple, self-report measures of physical and mental health and self-discrepancy. There was a decline in physical health over time but an improvement in self-discrepancies. Low self-discrepancy (i.e., little discrepancy between the actual and ideal self) mediated and moderated the effects of physical health decline on mental health and psychological well-being. Thus, self-discrepancy appears to play a significant role in maintaining mental health in the face of declining physical health in older women.
ISSN: 10680667
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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