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Aging & Mental Health;18(5)
Taylor & Francis
Assessing subjective age perception (SAP) and changes in SAP as well as exploring which variables of socio-demographic, health and personal mastery independently predicted SAP. Methods: The panel data are from two waves of the Norwegian Study of the Life Course, Ageing and Generations (NorLAG). Our sample consists of 2,471 people aged 40-79 years at baseline who were surveyed in 2002/03 (T1) and 2007/08 (T2). Univariate and multiple regressions were performed; multivariate analyses assessing the relative importance of the independent variables (at T1) for the SAP at T2. Results: Older chronological age, good physical health, good mental health, a high level of personal mastery and having lower education significantly predicted a youthful SAP. For the whole sample, older age and a high level of personal mastery were the most important predictors. For those aged 40 to 49 being a man, having lower education, good physical health and high personal mastery predicted a younger SAP, whereas in the group aged 50-59 years being married/cohabiting and having a high level of education were predictors of an older SAP. For those aged 60-69, high personal mastery was the only independent predictor of a younger SAP. For those aged 70-79 years, only health – good mental and physical health – independently predicted a younger SAP.. Conclusions: Most respondents feel younger than their chronological age, the more the older they are. Self-rated physical and mental health and personal mastery are associated with subjective age perception and vary in different age groups
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the article as published in the Bergland, A., Nicolaisen, M. & Thorsen, K. (2014). Predictors of subjective age in people aged 40-79 years: a five-year follow-up study. The impact of mastery, mental and physical health. Aging & Mental Health, 18(5), 653-661 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13607863.2013.869545.