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Patterns of Longitudinal Change in Older Adults' Self-Rated Health: The Effect of the Point of Reference

Sargent-Cox, Kerry; Luszcz, Mary A; Anstey, Kaarin


Objective: This study investigated the effect of the reference point of self-rated health (SRH) items on the trajectory of older adults' subjective health. Design: Seven waves of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (1992 to 2004) were used to determine change in SRH in a large sample (N = 2,081; 49% men) of older adults (65+ years). Main Outcome Measures: Three SRH measures with different points of reference (global vs. age-comparative and self-comparative) were used. Results:...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Health Psychology
DOI: 10.1037/a0017652


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