Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2008

Abstract

We hypothesize that older adults who anxiously expect, readily perceive, and intensely react to social rejection because of their old age (i.e., have high age-based rejection sensitivity) are vulnerable to depression and poor social functioning. We further hypothesize that the association between age-based rejection sensitivity and poor psychological health would be attenuated among older adults who possess adequate cognitive coping ability--they can discern and respond discriminatively to subtle variations in situational demands (i.e., have high discriminative facility). Based on the results of a focus group study, we constructed an age-based rejection sensitivity measure, which predicts greater depression, poorer social functioning, greater loneliness, and lower life satisfaction among individuals in late adulthood. As hypothesized, the relationship between age-based rejection sensitivity and poor psychological health was weaker among older adults with high (vs. low) discriminative facility.

Keywords

Older Adults, Rejection Sensitivity, Discriminative Facility

Discipline

Family, Life Course, and Society | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Research in Personality

Volume

42

Issue

1

First Page

169

Last Page

182

ISSN

0092-6566

Identifier

10.1016/j.jrp.2007.05.001

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2007.05.001

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