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Socioemotional Selectivity Theory

  • By: Susan Charles & Laura L. Carstensen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

This entry describes a life-span theory of motivation that offers an explanatory framework and testable hypotheses about the ways in which perceived endings affect goals, preferences, and even cognitive processing. Because aging is associated with time left in life, the ...

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