Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
Older people -- Psychology, Recollection (Psychology)
The purpose of this study was to test two hypotheses concerning reminiscence in old age. Reminiscence has been found to be an adaptive mechanism relating to freedom from clinical depression and to a reduced discrepancy between present and past self-concepts in the face of an experimental social threat (Mc Mahon and Rhudick, 1964; Lewis, 1971). Disengagement theory (Cumming and Henry, 1961) proposes that reminiscence is adaptive because it is a defense mechanism which protects the individual from decreasing physical capacities and lack of reinforcement from society.
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Hardy, Barbara Brown, "Reminiscence, Disengagement, and Morale in Old Age" (1972). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1565.