Effects of subjective successful aging on emotional and coping responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Original languageEnglish
Article number128
Journal / PublicationBMC Geriatrics
Online published17 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021



Background: Middle-aged and older adults are more vulnerable to hospitalization and mortality if they are infectedwith the COVID-19 virus. The present study investigates the longitudinal effects of subjective successful aging onmiddle-aged and older adults’ emotional and coping responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and explores anunderlying mechanism through perceived time limitation during the pandemic. 
Methods: A sample of 311 Hong Kong Chinese middle-aged and older adults (Mage = 64.58, SD = 10.14, Range =45–90 years) were recruited from an Adult Development and Aging Project and participated in a questionnairestudy via an online platform or phone interview. Their levels of subjective successful aging, perceived timelimitation, and emotional and coping responses to the pandemic were measured. 
Results: The respondents who perceived themselves as more successful in aging process reported more positiveand fewer negative emotions compared with their counterparts with lower levels of subjective successful aging.The mediation analysis showed that perceived time limitation could partially account for the effects of subjectivesuccessful aging on emotional and coping responses. 
Conclusions: Findings of this study unveil the beneficial effects of subjective views of successful aging onemotional and coping responses to the pandemic through alleviating their perception of time limitation.

Research Area(s)

  • Coronavirus disease, Subjective perceptions of successful aging, Perceived time limitation, Emotional and coping responses

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