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LIMA, Priscilla Melo Ribeiro de  and  COELHO, Vera Lúcia Decnop. The art of aging: an exploratory study on life history and aging. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.1, pp.4-19. ISSN 1414-9893.

The present study, based on the life cycle epigenetic model and lifespan psychology, was designed to (1) understand aspects of the aging process from eight elders’ life stories, (2) investigate the way selective optimization with compensation strategies and vital involvement aspects appear in old age as well as (3) the contributions of generativity and social participation to the aging process. The subjects participated in a semi-structured interview. A qualitative analysis of the data pointed out the influence of several factors on the construction of a successful aging such as generativity, social participation and relationship with their children and grandchildren. Factors such as stagnation and lack of social involvement seem to contribute to the development of psychopathology symptoms.

Keywords : Psychosocial development; Social involvement; Generativity; Aging.

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