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Envelhecer e viver em relação

Envelhecer e viver em relação

Dora Almeida Santos, «Envelhecer e viver em relação», em Novos Desafios, Novas Competências: Contributos Atuais da Psicologia, ed. Paulo C. Dias et al., Psicologia 7 (Braga: Axioma - Publicações da Faculdade de Filosofia, 2016), 141–56, DOI 10.17990/Axi/2016_9789726972679_141

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Envelhecer e viver em relação

Type Book Section
Editor Paulo C. Dias
Editor Armanda Gonçalves
Editor Ângela Azevedo
Editor Fátima Lobo
Author Dora Almeida Santos
Rights © 2016 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural
Series Psicologia
Place Braga
Publisher Axioma - Publicações da Faculdade de Filosofia
Pages 141-156
ISBN 978-972-697-267-9
Date 2016
Series Number 7
Language Portuguese
Abstract The communication that we propose aims to examine the reciprocal impact between interpersonal relationships and mental health in the elderly. Aging is a continuous and cumulative process that, in the context of relationships, is expressed by a progressive transformation of the social network and changes in the nature and dynamics of relationships established (e.g. Carstensen, 1991; Kahn, & Antonucci, 1980; Lang, Wagner, Wrzus, & Neyer, 2013; Sluzki, 2000; Weiss, 1974). Such changes mobilize intra and interpersonal processes and require reciprocal adaptations of individuals and family and social systems. The involvement of older people in social world and in interactions with emotional commitment reveals vital to successful aging (e.g. Baltes, 1987; Charles, 2010; Erikson, Erikson, & Kivnick, 1986; Sluzki, 2010). In recent decades emerged significant theoretical contributions to the understanding of the interactions of the elderly (e.g., Cartensen, 1991; Friori, Antonucci & Cortina, 2006; Kahn & Antonucci, 1980; Li, Fok, & Fung, 2011; Purcel, et al., 2012; Weiss, 1974). However, this empirical production is guided by absence of an integrative and explicative model of the influence of relational experience of the elderly (intra and intergenerational, with family and with other elements) on elderly mental health. Thus, from the theoretical point of view, it’s important to identify the specific relational dynamics of the elderly, the factors influencing the resilience / vulnerability to mental health / illness, as well as lines of prevention and intervention. At the empirical level, it is necessary characterize the nature and dynamics of the relational matrix of the elderly, as well as the specific role of the family, third parties and other influential factors in psychological functioning. This will allow the development of tools for relational matrix mapping and guidelines for monitoring and evaluation of psychosocial or clinic intervention.
Book Title Novos Desafios, Novas Competências: Contributos Atuais da Psicologia
Date Added 21/12/2016, 17:40:58
Modified 22/12/2016, 10:20:42


  • Elder
  • interpersonal relationships
  • mental health


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