The Role of Time and Time Perspective in Age-Related Processes: Introduction to the Special Issue

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Abstract

There currently appears to be a general consensus on the relationship between time perspective and aging, such that (a) future time is perceived as more limited with age and (b) older people are more present-focused and less future-focused than younger people. At the same time, there are debates about whether these age differences are positively related to well-being and to what extent there are boundary conditions beyond which these age differences would cease to occur. The 8 manuscripts included in this Special Issue attempt to shed light on these debates. In doing so, they refine the dominant theoretical perspective on the topic—socioemotional selectivity theory—and introduce new theoretical perspectives. New measures and methodologies for studying time perspective and aging are also discussed.

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