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First Advisor

Kahana, Boaz

Subject Headings

Aging -- Religious aspects, Aging -- Psychological aspects, Older people, Religiousness, Religion, Religiosity, Successful aging, Anxiety, Trauma, Stress, Depression, Subjective well-being, Older adults


There has been an increasing amount of elderly individuals who have avoided the crippling health and physical problems that appear to vex so much of the older adult population. These successful agers have also learned to cope more effectively with both the normative and traumatic stressors they encounter over time. Successful aging has been defined in numerous ways and studied in a variety of contexts. This study set to define successful aging in terms of anxiety, depression, and subjective well-being, while also examining the relationship of successful aging with religiosity. The fundamental goal of this study was to examine the extent of the relationship between religiosity and successful aging, with special attention paid to the actual role played by religiosity in the experience of both normative and traumatic stressors in community-residing older adults, age 65 years and older

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