Negative Aging Attitudes Predict Greater Reactivity to Daily Stressors in Older Adults
Jennifer A. Bellingtier and
Shevaun D. Neupert
+ Author Affiliations
Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
Correspondence should be addressed to Jennifer A. Bellingtier, MA, Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7650, Raleigh, NC 27695. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received March 8, 2016.
Accepted June 30, 2016.
Objectives: In order to understand conflicting findings regarding the emotional reactions of older adults to daily stressors, we examined the possibility that negative aging attitudes could function as an important individual differences factor related to stressor reactivity.
Method: Using a daily dairy design, we examined the aging attitudes of 43 older adults reporting on 380 total days. Participants reported their aging attitudes on Day 1, followed by their stressor exposure and negative affect on Days 2–9. Covariates included age, gender, education, and personality.
Results: Using multilevel modeling, our results suggest that individuals with more positive aging attitudes report consistent levels of affect across study days regardless of stressors, whereas those with more negative aging attitudes reported increased emotional reactivity to daily stressors.
Discussion: Positive aging attitudes may serve as a resource that helps buffer reactions to daily stressors.