• 1 1 Geriatric Nursing Faculty, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • 2 2 School of Nursing and Midwifery Amol, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
  • 3 3 Taylor's Business School, Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
  • 4 4 Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • 5 5 Gerontology, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • 6 6 Mother and Child Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • 7 7 Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia
Int J Aging Hum Dev, 2018 Jul;87(1):77-89.
PMID: 28859489 DOI: 10.1177/0091415017727211


Self-perception is found to be a central predictive factor in experiencing successful aging. The aim of this study was to explore the role of sex, socioeconomic status, and emotional support in elders' aging perception. A cross-sectional design was used with 300 older aged participants recruited from 23 clinics and health centers in Qazvin, Iran. Data were collected included questions to elicit demographic information and Barker's aging perception questionnaire. Exploratory multiple linear regression showed that the level of emotional support (β: -12.10; 95% CI: [-20.72, -3.48]), socioeconomic status (β: 2.84; 95% CI: [0.25, 5.43]), and women (β: -4.34; 95% CI: [-6.91, -1.77]) were associated with aging perception among elders. Educational level and marital status did not significantly contribute to the variance of AP. Findings revealed that aging perception was related to individual differences as well as social and emotional factors. Researchers, health-care professionals, and elders may benefit from thinking about old age as an inevitable life stage.

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