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A social-psychological perspective on aging and age identity

Social Psychology, Organizational Psychology

'Most people want to GET old, but few want to BE old ...'. This caputures in a nutshell that aging people try to avoid as long as possible to self-categorize as being old. With both qualitative and quantitative methods, I want to investigate how older people can develop a positive age identity, and whether such identity may be advantegeous for happy and sustainable aging.

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology

Education

Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • a qualitative study on age identity and the experience of aging.
  • Priming a positive perspective on aging and the effects on age group identification; self-anchoring and self-stereotyping as moderators of age-group identification

Results

Publications
  • so far only unpublished research reports and oral presentations

University's focus areas

  • Healthy Ageing
  • Sustainable Society

More information

  • S. Otten (2016). Oud en ziek zijn niet hetzelfde. in: A. Peetom (Ed.) Anders oud 2030. Groningen: Zorg Innovatie Forum
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