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Low, G.
Molzahn, A.
Kalfoss, M.
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Norway
culture
group comparisons
Canada
self-perceptions of aging
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English
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We used the Self-Concept Enhancement Tactician (SCENT) model to explore whether older Norwegians and Canadians would tactically self-enhance on qualities considered significant within their cultures in their self-perceptions of aging. Qualities were measured using the WHOQOL-BREF and WHOQOL-OLD. Self-perceptions of aging were measured by the Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire. The study is a secondary analysis of data collected in a larger study; 393 older Norwegians and 202 older Canadians were included. The Norwegian and Canadian group self-enhanced their perceptions of psychosocial loss based on harmonious social relationships and being part of a larger social group. For self-perceptions of physical change, both groups self-enhanced on being self-sufficient and being part of a larger social group. Our findings suggest that Norwegians and Canadians are not highly individualistic people and also provide evidence of a bicultural self-perception of aging. Nurses should consider how cultural and individual perspectives affect the care priorities of older people.
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2014
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doi:10.7939/R3ZP3W30P
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© 2014 Sage. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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Low, G., Molzahn, A., & Kalfoss, M. (2014). Cultural frames, qualities of life, and the aging self. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36(5), 643-663.
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