Predictors of Attitudes toward Own Aging among Middle-Aged and Elderly Adults -Panel Analysis Using Latent Growth Modeling-

중노년층의 본인의 노화에 대한 태도에 영향을 미치는 요인 -잠재성장모델을 이용한 패널분석

  • Received : 2011.09.17
  • Accepted : 2011.12.26
  • Published : 2012.02.29

Abstract

This study examined the longitudinal changes of self-perceptions of own aging among middle-aged and elderly adults, using the latent growth modeling with the three waves of the "Aging and the Quality of Life of the Elderly in Korea", which sampled adults aged over 45 living in Seoul and Chuncheon. The dependent variable is attitudes toward own aging, the sub-scale of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale developed by Lawton (1975). The results showed that the research participants' attitudes of their own aging deteriorated over time. In addition, the lower initial status of the research participants' attitudes of their own aging was associated with being older, being non-married, living in rural areas, attaining the lower level of education, having the fewer social activities, reporting the worse subjective economic status, and reporting the worse subjective health status. The slope of the research participants' attitudes of their own aging differed by the residence areas, educational attainments, subjective economic status and subjective health status. In particular, the difference of the initial status by educational attainments grew over time. Social welfare policy and practice implications are discussed for middle-aged and elderly adults to improve attitudes toward their own aging.

Keywords

Attitudes toward aging;middle-aged and elderly adults;latent growth modeling

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국학술진흥재단