Optimism health-related hardiness and well-being among older Australian women

Smith, Nadine, Young, Anne and Lee, Christina (2004) Optimism health-related hardiness and well-being among older Australian women. Journal of Health Psychology, 9 6: 741-752. doi:10.1177/1359105304045373


Author Smith, Nadine
Young, Anne
Lee, Christina
Title Optimism health-related hardiness and well-being among older Australian women
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
Publication date 2004-01-01
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359105304045373
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 6
Start page 741
End page 752
Total pages 12
Editor D. Marks
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
300503 Epidemiology
730201 Women's health
Abstract This article examines whether optimism and health-related hardiness contribute to health and well-being among older women. Positive psychological characteristics, including optimism and health-related hardiness, are correlated with good self-rated health, but these variables are all affected by socioeconomic status, social support, physical illness and access to services. Using data from 9501 Australian women aged 73 to 78, we show that optimism and health-related hardiness explain a significant proportion of variance in all subscales of the SF-36, and in stress, even after these confounders are taken into account. The data, although cross-sectional, suggest that positive personal characteristics may contribute to well-being.
Keyword Psychology, Clinical
Ageing
Hardiness
Optimism
Population
Well-being
Women
Generalized Outcome Expectancies
Explanatory Style
Neuroticism
Predictors
Depression
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

 
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