Journal article

Older adults' spirituality and life satisfaction: A longitudinal test of social support and sense of coherence as mediating mechanisms

S Cowlishaw, S Niele, K Teshuva, C Browning, H Kendig

Ageing and Society | Published : 2013

Abstract

ABSTRACTSpirituality is proposed to be a component of successful ageing and has been shown to predict wellbeing in old age. There has been conceptual discussion of possible mechanisms that link spirituality with positive psychological functioning in older adults, but few empirical examinations of these linking mechanisms over time. The current study examined the role of Antonovsky's Sense of Coherence (SOC) and social support in mediating the effects of spirituality on life satisfaction in older participants over a four-year period. The study used a cross-lagged panel analysis to evaluate longitudinal mediation within a path analysis framework. Results showed that the meaningfulness dimensio..

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