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J Psychol. 1984 Jan;116(1st Half):143-6.

A comparison of the emotional content of dreams recalled by young and elderly women.

Abstract

Twenty-four college and 37 elderly women kept diaries for six weeks, at the end of which they voluntarily submitted them for analysis. The college women selected significantly more emotions for their dreams than did the elderly women. Enjoyment-joy accounted for a significantly higher proportion of emotions in dreams of elderly than in those of college women; but anger-rage and fear-terror occurred significantly less often in dreams of the elderly. The results were interpreted as providing support for the continuity hypothesis which states that dream content is a reflection of one's daily life.

PMID:
6699792
DOI:
10.1080/00223980.1984.9923629
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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