Age differences in life satisfaction as a function of discrepancy between real and ideal self concepts Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Happiness
  • Self Concept

abstract

  • Six age groups were compared with respect to discrepancy between real and ideal self concepts and the relationship between life satisfaction and discrepancy in self concepts. The subjects, ranging in age from 20 to 75 years, completed two self descriptive adjective rating scales which assessed real and ideal self concept and a life satisfaction index. Significant differences were found among age groups for real and ideal self concepts, life satisfaction, and discrepancy between real and ideal self concept scores. Age was significantly correlated with real and ideal self concept, discrepancy between real and ideal self concepts and life satisfaction. Life satisfaction was significantly correlated with real self concept and discrepancy between real and ideal self concepts. Trends in the data suggested that the younger subjects (20-25 years) had lower real and ideal self ratings and were less satisfied with their lives than the elderly subjects (60-75 years).

publication date

  • January 1975

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/03610737508257949

PubMed ID

  • 1053207

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 81

end page

  • 9

volume

  • 1

number

  • 1