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J Behav Med. 2006 Jun;29(3):299-306. Epub 2006 May 9.

Self-regulation of common age-related challenges: benefits for older adults' psychological and physical health.

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Centre for Research in Human Development, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada H4B 1R6.


This article addresses the role played by adaptive self-regulation in protecting older adults' psychological and physical health. A theoretical model is outlined illustrating how common age-related challenges (i.e., physical challenges and life regrets) can influence older adults' health. In addition, the proposed model suggests that older adults can avoid the adverse health effects of encountering these problems if they engage in adaptive self-regulation. Finally, this article reviews recent studies that examined the adaptive value of self-regulation processes for managing physical challenges and life regrets in the elderly. The findings from cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental studies document the importance of adaptive self-regulation for maintaining older adults' health.

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