Self-perceptions of aging and domain-specific health outcomes among midlife and later-life couples.

TitleSelf-perceptions of aging and domain-specific health outcomes among midlife and later-life couples.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsLuo, MSha, Li, LW, Hu, RXiaochen
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
ISSN Number1552-6887
Abstract

This study places the self-perceptions of aging (SPA)-health link in the couple context and examines how changes in one's own and spouse's SPA influence multiple health domains and how such associations differ by gender. : Fixed-effects regression models were estimated. Data were drawn from the Health and Retirement Survey ( = 5972). For both husbands and wives, almost all health domains declined when their own SPA became more negative. The spouse's SPA were associated with one's self-rated health, regardless of gender. Gender differences existed in some cross-spousal health effects; while the husband's SPA were associated with his wife's depressive symptoms, the wife's SPA were associated with her husband's physical disability, functional limitations, and chronic diseases. The SPA-health association extends beyond the individual in married persons, demonstrating intertwined health trajectories in older couples. The detrimental effects of ageism might be underestimated if the spillover effects were not considered.

DOI10.1177/0898264320966263
Citation Key11135
PubMed ID33035110