Ego-integrity in the Second Half of Life

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    Relatively few empirical studies exist on Eriksons’ intriguing concept of ego-integrity. The present study examines ego-integrity, using the Northwestern Ego Integrity Scale (NEIS) in a Dutch study (55-95 years; N=163). The NEIS measures (1) ‘integrity’, i.e. drawing meaning from all life experiences and (2) ‘despair’, i.e. having regrets about the course of one’s life. Step-wise multivariate regression analyses show that ‘integrity’ is related to time perspective (reminiscence and hope) and mental health, whereas ‘despair’ is only related to personality characteristics (neuroticism and openness to experience). All relations hold in two age groups (55-74 versus 75-95 years). The study shows that the NEIS is a reliable and valid measure of ego integrity. As there is no
    evidence of age differences, ego integrity is an important concept across the second half of life. Given the pattern of relations, the promotion of meaning in life is an interesting target for psychosocial interventions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-22
    Number of pages1
    JournalThe Gerontologist
    Volume51
    Issue numberSuppl. 2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2011
    Event64th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America 2011: Lifestyle→Lifespan - Boston, United States
    Duration: 18 Nov 201122 Nov 2011
    Conference number: 64

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    Hope
    Life Change Events
    Personality
    Mental Health
    Emotions
    Multivariate Analysis
    Age Groups
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    Westerhof, G.J. ; McAdams, D.P. ; Bohlmeijer, E.T. / Ego-integrity in the Second Half of Life. In: The Gerontologist. 2011 ; Vol. 51, No. Suppl. 2. pp. 22-22.
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    Ego-integrity in the Second Half of Life. / Westerhof, G.J.; McAdams, D.P.; Bohlmeijer, E.T.

    In: The Gerontologist, Vol. 51, No. Suppl. 2, 18.11.2011, p. 22-22.

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