Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 287–292 | Cite as

Coping with health problems in old age. A longitudinal approach

  • U. Lehr
  • A. Kruse
Review Article


An analysis of medical, psychological, and social data of the Bonn Longitudinal Study on Aging, comparing a subgroup of the BOLSA sample, which developed different forms of chronic disease four to six years after the beginning of the study, and a healthy subsample, points to different patterns of coping in these two subgroups. The sequence of these response patterns provides some evidence for a special form of psychosocial competence of chronically ill aged persons, which developed in an ‘accelerated’ way in the ill group, and in a retarded way in the initially healthy group. The findings emphasize the need for continuing research into the psychosocial aspects of coping with chronic disease in old age. (Aging Clin. Exp. Res. 4: 287–292, 1992)


Adaptation coping life space life-style 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Lehr
    • 1
  • A. Kruse
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GerontologyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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