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Subjective ageing: factors influencing individuals' perspectives.

Kydd, Angela; Rees, Margaret


Angela Kydd

Margaret Rees


The subjective experiences of old age or any event or experience occurring in an individual's life can be researched through both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Asking participants how they maintain self-presentation of themselves as they age provides useful insights, not generalisations, into the field of inquiry. Okun and Ayalon (2022) undertook an online survey in 2020 of 818 Israeli adults (342 women and 350 men) aged 65-90 to address this question. This article focuses on two main questions from the survey: 'How do you define yourself?' and choosing and ranking by participants of the old age terms they preferred from a list that included the eight most common terms in the Hebrew language. The majority of the sample were aged 65-75 years, were married, were academic (education for more than 12 years), were retired and had no economic problems. They found that participants employed three strategies for self-presentation: absence of old age, camouflaged aging or multiplicity of old age terms.


KYDD, A. and REES, M. 2022. Subjective ageing: factors influencing individuals' perspectives. International psychogeriatrics [online], Accepted Manuscript. Available from:

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Dec 8, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 10, 2023
Journal International psychogeriatrics
Print ISSN 1041-6102
Electronic ISSN 1741-203X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Item Discussed OKUN, S. and AYALON, L. 2022. The paradox of subjective age: age(ing) in the self-presentation of older adults. International psychogeriatrics [online], First View. Available from:
Keywords Subjective experiences; Old age; Self-presentation; Interactionalism
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