FUTURE TIME PERSPECTIVE IN OLD AGE – AN ANALYSIS OF GOALS AND EMOTIONS

Beata Bugajska, Celina Timoszyk-Tomczak

Abstract


Purpose of the study. The future time perspective of old people is closely connected with their emotional development in this period of life. The purpose of our research was to examine how the character and the intensity of emotions and fears with regard to the future are connected with the amount and the content of short and long term goals.

Design and Methods. We surveyed 351 people aged 65 years and older by means of an experimental version of a survey form for measuring future time perspective and a modified questionnaire on future time perspective.

Results. The results show, that fears concerning the future are connected with a larger number of, and in terms of content more diversified goals. These goals concern health, material issues and interests. Positive emotions correlate with short-term goals and goals concerning the family.

Implications. Older people with increased fears with regard to the future concentrate more on short-term goals, which are likely to help them solve the issues that worry them or allow them to distance themselves from them. Goals directed at the development of interpersonal relations with family and friends provide the experience of positive emotions.

Keywords: psychology of aging, successful aging, life course

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.31108/

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