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How does it feel to be old in different societies?

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August 28, 2014
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University of Kent
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People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as 'old' feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups.

New research from psychologists at the University, titled "Being old and ill across different countries: social status, age identification and older people's subjective health," (published in the journal Psychology and Health) used data from the European Social Survey. Respondents, who were all aged 70 and over, were asked to self-rate their health.

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The researchers found that those living in societies where older people have lower status were more likely to have a negative subjective view of their health if they identified themselves as 'old'. However, identifying as an older person was not associated with subjective health in societies where older people have higher status.

The results highlighted that in countries where old age is perceived as signifying low status, identifying strongly with old age is related to worse subjective health.

The study could have major implications for policy-makers across Europe, where the elevation of the perceived social status of older people would be likely to reduce negative connotations associated with old age, ensuring that identifying as 'old' would not impact negatively on how healthy people felt.


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The above story is based on materials provided by University of Kent. The original article was written by Martin Herrema. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


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  1. Sibila Marques, Hannah J. Swift, Christin-Melanie Vauclair, Maria Luísa Lima, Christopher Bratt, Dominic Abrams. ‘Being old and ill’ across different countries: Social status, age identification and older people’s subjective health. Psychology & Health, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2014.938742

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