Time to Flourish: Temporal Perspective and Well-Being Across the Lifespan

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    Abstract

    Little research is available on a balanced time perspective in older age. Balanced time perspective consists of using both one’s personal past and anticipated future to a relatively high degree. This study investigated the relationship of balanced time perspective with age, mental health, personality, and wisdom using the Balanced Time Perspective Scale (BTPS). Persons high on both past and future subscales of the BTPS are termed ‘time expansive’ (balanced); persons low on past and future ‘time restrictive’; ‘reminiscers’ are high on past but low on future; ‘futurists’ low on past but high on future. 512 Dutch adults (17–92 years) completed the BTPS and questionnaires on mental health, personality, and wisdom. As predicted, persons in the time expansive category scored higher on all three dependent measures. Less older than younger or middle aged adults are in the time expansive category. Implications are discussed within a lifespan perspective.
    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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