Social Representations of health and ageing among the elderly

Author/s Manuela Zambianchi, Bitti Pio Enrico Ricci
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/2
Language Italian Pages 15 P. 95-109 File size 505 KB
DOI 10.3280/PDS2010-002007
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This study was aimed to investigate the characteristics of social representations of health and ageing among the elderly. 150 young-old and oldest-old took part in the study. It was administered two questionnaires concerning the representations of health and ageing. The principal component analysis concerning the two parts of the questionnaire has revealed a complex two-factorial conception of health and an integrated conception of ageing characterized by projects, experiential richness and personal growth. The results are discussed highlighting their connections with recent theories on health as bio-psycho-social condition and the contemporary theories on positive ageing that enphasizes the role of internal and social resources for attaining it.

Keywords: Social representation, healtl, positive aging

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Manuela Zambianchi, Bitti Pio Enrico Ricci, Rappresentazioni sociali della salute e dell’invecchiamento in un gruppo di anziani in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 2/2010, pp 95-109, DOI: 10.3280/PDS2010-002007