publication . Article . 2009

Psychosocial Dimensions of Exceptional Longevity: A Qualitative Exploration of Centenarians' Experiences, Personality, and Life Strategies

Xanthi Tigani; Joannes Chliaoutakis; Fotini Charizani; Christina Tsagkari; Chrysoula Tsiou; Panayotes Demakakos; Christina Darviri; Dimitrios Monos;
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  • Published: 02 Oct 2009 Journal: The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, volume 69, pages 101-118 (issn: 0091-4150, eissn: 1541-3535, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
<jats:p> This qualitative study provides a comprehensive account of the social and life experiences and strategies and personality attributes that characterize exceptional longevity (living to 100 or over). It is based on nine semi-structured interviews of relatively healthy and functional Greek centenarians of both sexes. The analytic approach was thematic and based on grounded theory. We found that our participants were characterized by selectiveness in their socializing with other people and tendency to avoid conflicts. Also, we found that they predominantly used the “flight” response whenever confronted with stressors. Further, they appeared to be much adapt...
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free text keywords: Ageing, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Geriatrics and Gerontology, Psychology, Big Five personality traits, Conflict avoidance, Socioemotional selectivity theory, Psychological resilience, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Longevity, Personality, Developmental psychology, Grounded theory, Psychosocial, Social psychology
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