Both implicit and existential meaning are important constructs in fully understanding human experience. The editors of this volume present a forum for an array of viewpoints and recent research that address the notion of optimal human growth.

Structural Components of Personal Meaning in Life and Their Relationship with Death Attitudes and Coping Mechanisms in Late Adulthood

Structural Components of Personal Meaning in Life and Their Relationship with Death Attitudes and Coping Mechanisms in Late Adulthood

Structural components of personal meaning in life and their relationship with death attitudes and coping mechanisms in late adulthood
Nancy VanRanst and AlfonsMarcoen

Preservation of Self in Late Adulthood

In the end phases of ontogenesis, aging is the more visible part of the global change process that constitutes the life course. Developmental processes become increasingly restricted to the aging person's higher mental functions (Birren & Schroots, 1984; Perlmutter, 1988). Many change processes and important events in advanced age are experienced as aversive and as more or less inevitable. Baltes (1987) indeed acknowledged that the ratio of gains and losses becomes increasingly negative in old age. One could expect that ...

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