tom XXII / numer 1Beata Mirucka, Urszula Bielecka, Monika Kisielewska, Znaczenie wieku realnego i wieku subiektywnego w doświadczaniu siebie cielesnego przez osoby w okresie senioralnym

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DOI: 10.14656/PFP20170102


In the late adulthood, people tend to feel younger than it is indicated
by their real age. It has been shown that subjective age (psychological
variable) is a better predictor of psychosocial functioning than an
actual age (objective variable). The aim of this study was to address the
question of whether a subjective sense of age is more important than chronological
age in experiencing oneself in a bodily dimension in people in
old age. A group of 194 seniors (including 111 women and 83 men) aged
from 57 to 90 years has been examined using Beata Mirucka’s Battery of
Tests To Examine Representation of Body Self. The results revealed that the
majority of respondents felt on average 12 years younger compared to their
chronological age. At the same time, the subjective age, as opposed to chronological
age, proved to be a good predictor of the positive experience of
the body self at the old age; experiencing oneself as a younger person remained
closely related to the positive body image, body schema and body
Key words: body self, subjective age, older adults