Distinctive Late-Life challenges: Implications for coping and well-being

Kristen C. Kling, Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Carol D. Ryff

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Two distinctive late-life challenges, community relocation and caring for an adult child with mental retardation, were studied to determine their influence on coping and well-being. These challenges differ in terms of their normativeness, duration, and whether they were expected. Data from 2 ongoing longitudinal studies (N = 449) were used to test the hypotheses that women experiencing residential relocation would report higher well-being and use problem-focused coping more frequently than women with long-term caregiving responsibilities. As predicted, more positive changes in well-being across time were reported by the relocation sample, which also showed more problem-focused coping. Women in the caregiving sample, however, showed stronger relationships between coping and well-being, underscoring possible gains in expertise that accompany challenges of lengthy duration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-295
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology and aging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997


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