Negotiations between health and social goals over the lifespan : The role of future time perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1233-1244
Journal / PublicationJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number9
Online published1 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


The interplay between health and social goals in relation to age and future time perspective was examined among 131 older and 131 younger adults via surveys and future time manipulations (limited, unchanged, and expansive). Being older was associated with weaker physical activity intentions and social activity intentions as mediated by a limited future time perspective. Physical activity intentions decreased in the limited condition and increased in the expansive condition, social activity intentions increased in all conditions, and preference toward health (over social) goals decreased in both the limited and expansive conditions. The results suggest that anticipated endings may become salient in all conditions and favor social goals, which are emotionally relevant.

Research Area(s)

  • aging, future time perspective, physical activity, social activity, socioemotional selectivity theory