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Culture in the use, care, and control of the aging body

Journal of Aging Studies

Author: Hennessy, C. H.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1989


A grounded-theory approach is used to examine continuity & change in physical self-evaluation & self-care among a group of healthy men & women (N = 12) in age groups 50-59 & 70-79. Focused interviews were conducted to identify the evaluative criteria that these individuals apply to the aging body & the behavioral outcomes of the self-assessment process. Analysis focuses on sex differences, perception of personal control over health & well-being, continuity of approach to the body, & the perception of time left to live. Findings highlight personal & social resources & common behavioral strategies employed by older persons in managing the ageing physical self.

Further Details

Pages: 39-54
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 7.5.03
Keywords: older, assessment
Reads: 128