Subjective Age, Health, and Survivorship in Old Age

Kyriakos S. Markides, Charisse Pappas

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The power of subjective health and subjective age in predicting survivorship among older people is evaluated relative to the predictive power of objective health and life expectancy, respectively, using data from a four-year longitudinal study of older people in San Antonio, Texas. While deceased persons and survivors differ significantly on all four measures at Time 1, discriminant function analysis shows that subjective health is not a significant predictor of survivorship when the other three variables are controlled. Subjective age, however, is at least equally predictive of survivorship as life expectancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1982


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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