Langer and Rodin Aims and Context

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Previous research by those such as Bengston argued that 'typically the life situation does change with old age. There is some loss of norms, roles and reference groups, events that negatively influence one's perceived competence and feelings of responsibility.' Therefore, it was argued that aging brings with it significant life changes which can reduce happiness which appeared to lead to a loss of control over their lives. 

Furthermore, according to Lehr and Puschner: 'Perception of these changes in addition to actual physical decrements(such as wrinkles, loss of sight or hearing etc) may enhance a sense of aging and lower self-esteem.                                     Nevertheless, those such as Bengston went on to argue that such changes could be counteracted when individuals were given a greater sense of usefulness and control over their environment. 

Further research added great…


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