Physical Self-Concept, Possible Selves, and Well-Being Among Older Adults in Taiwan

Yawen Hsu, Frank J.H. Lu, Linda L. Lin

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Possible selves is an important self-related construct for older adults' health behaviors and well-being. This study examines the relationships among older adults' current physical self-concept, possible selves, and physical activity participation, and it examines the mediating effect of possible selves on the relationships between physical self-concept and well-being. One hundred and sixty-three community-dwelling older adults (M age = 70.91, SD = 6.39) in Taiwan completed the survey packet assessing physical self concept, possible selves, health-related qualities of life, and life satisfaction. Bivariate correlation analyses showed that older adults' possible selves were positively related to physical self-concept and moderate physical activity participation. In addition, the link between older adults' physical self-concept and psychological well-being was mediated partially by possible selves. The results show the significance of using the construct of possible selves to examine and promote older adults' physical activity/exercise behaviors and psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-675
Number of pages10
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sept

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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