Individual Well-being in Middle and Older Adulthood: Do Spousal Beliefs Matter?

TitleIndividual Well-being in Middle and Older Adulthood: Do Spousal Beliefs Matter?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWindsor, TD, Ryan, LH, Smith, J
JournalJOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES B-PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Volume64B
Issue5
Pagination586-597
KeywordsAdult children, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare
Abstract

Associations between health, control beliefs, and well-being in later life are frequently conceptualized in terms of the characteristics of individuals. However, spousal interdependencies in psychosocial characteristics are also likely to be relevant for well-being. The present study investigated associations of self-rated health, control, and relationship closeness with life satisfaction and positive and negative affect in a sample of 2,235 spousal dyads. A significant proportion of variance in health, control, closeness, and well-being occurred between dyads. Individuals self-rated health, control, and relationship closeness were associated with higher well-being. Spouses self-rated health and control beliefs were consistently and positively associated with individuals well-being; however, effect sizes were small. Some evidence for individual s control beliefs buffering the association between health and well-being emerged, whereas spouses perceived control was not a significant moderator of the health well-being association. Results highlight the importance of couple interdependencies for contextualizing health and well-being in older adulthood.

Endnote Keywords

psycho-social/spousal care/SELF-RATED HEALTH/Couples

Endnote ID

62841

Citation Key7421
PubMed ID19608855
PubMed Central IDPMC4303061