Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Distance-to-Death Research in Geropsychology

  • Oliver K. Schilling
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_125-1

Synonyms

Definition

In the broadest sense, distance-to-death research in geropsychology includes all kinds of examinations of associations between facets of psychological functioning and time-to-death. In a narrower sense, however, the term refers to the study of terminal changes in psychological functioning, that is, intraindividual changes that occur time-to-death related at the end of the individual’s lifespan. Up to the present, geropsychological distance-to-death research for the most part consists of studies of terminal decline and terminal drop in cognitive functioning and subjective well-being.

Distance-to-Death Research in Geropsychology

Across the past decades, research in geropsychology increasingly considered distance-to-death as indicator of psychological changes that unfold at...

Keywords

Psychological Functioning Terminal Phase Growth Curve Model Human Lifespan Impending Death 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological Ageing Research, Institute of PsychologyRuprecht-Karls-UniversitätHeidelbergGermany