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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Issue number||Suppl. 2|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Nov 2011|
|Event||64th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America 2011: Lifestyle→Lifespan - Boston, United States|
Duration: 18 Nov 2011 → 22 Nov 2011
Conference number: 64