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SUCCESSFUL AGING Copyedited by: OUP GSA 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting 665 contrast those who primarily do research, those who do in savoring, and savoring was a significant predictor of some clinical practice, and those who make policy or pro- increases in happiness and decreases in depression. Using grammatic decisions. We also describe themes regarding bootstrap estimation, the indirect effect of age on happiness evidence on aging. Preliminary qualitative analyses on pilot through an increase in savoring was statistically significant, data found: tension between quantitative and qualitative, b = .25, SE = .06, 95% CI = .14, .37. In addition, the indirect tension between theory-testing and discovery through obser- effect of age on depression through an increase in savoring vation. Other themes: insufficiency of evidence for practice was statistically significant, b = -.09, SE = .02, 95% CI = -.14, and policy decisions; advantages versus limitations of RCTs; -.05. These findings suggest that savoring mediates the link and distinctions between evidence of no effect and no effect between age and well-being, beyond the effects of health and of evidence. In this study we intend to analyze comments gender. to characterize the challenges, feasibility and desirability of cross-discipline and cross-method dialogue to promote evi- EMOTION-FOCUSED COPING MEDIATES THE dence on aging. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGE AND SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING AT WORK 1 1 3 2 DRILLINGDOWN: WHAT AFFECTS PERSPECTIVES Y. PENG , Y. Chen , J. Wang , Z. Wnag , 1. Bowling Green ON EVIDENCE State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2. Central China M. Whipple, R. Kane, D. Xu, E. McCreedy, E. Jutkowitz, Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 3. University of University of Minnsota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin We will assess what characteristics of GSA members are Due to the aging workforce, successful aging at work has most closely associated with their views on evidence and become an important concern. However, relatively few stud- examine the range of differences across groups. The sample ies have examined the association between employee age and size permits multivariate analyses based on discipline, GSA subjective well-being, let  alone the age-related mechanisms section, journal board membership, and primary activty (or mediators) that account for the relationship. The pre- about the perceived adequacy of evidence, circumstances sent study examined the association between employee age that increase trust in evidence and evidence derived from dif- and subjective well-being (SWB; as indexed by high positive ferent designs. We will be able to determine how strongly emotion, high job satisfaction, and low negative emotions) educational field or self-identified current field determines at work. Furthermore, based on major lifespan psychol- attitudes about evidence when controlling for other vari- ogy theories (e.g., the Model of Selection Optimization and ables. Of interest to GSA will be an analysis of how jour- Compensation; the Socioemotional Selectivity Theory), this nal board membership and sectional affiliation is related to study tested emotion-focused coping as a potential explana- the outcomes, though we do not attribute causality to those tory mechanism between age and SWB at work. Two hun- relationships. We expect diversity of perspective within GSA dred and eighty Chinese full time employees (age range: sections and editorial boards. 20 to 60 years old) participated in the survey that assessed their age, emotion-focused coping (subscales from the brief COPE); job satisfaction (The 5-item job satisfaction index), SESSION 2085 (PAPER) and affective well-being at work (The Job-Related Affective Well-being Scale). Using Structural Equation Modeling, the SUCCESSFUL AGING present research found that emotion-focused coping par- tially mediated the age-SWB relationship. Older employees were more likely to use emotion-focused coping strategies SAVORING AS A MEDIATOR OF THE IMPACT OF AGE and increased emotion-focused coping lead to higher job ON WELL-BEING 1 2 satisfaction and better affective well-being at work. Our J.L. Smith , F.B. Bryant , 1. Mather LifeWays Institute on findings suggest that as people age they tend to experience Aging, Evanston, Illinois, 2. Loyola University Chicago, higher levels of subjective well-being at work. In consistent Chicago, Illinois with the arguments of current lifespan psychology theories, Savoring is the ability to attend to positive experiences and age-related increase in the use of emotion-focused coping use emotion regulation strategies to amplify positive feelings. might be an explanatory mechanism for the positive age- Previous research has found that emotion regulation tends to SWB association. improve with age, which suggests that age-related increases in savoring ability may facilitate the relationship between age and greater well-being. A  sample of 518 participants (ages EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES OF AGING WELL AT 18–94, 78% female, 65% White/European American) com- THE INTERSECTION OF COMMUNITY AND AGING- pleted a survey that included measures of savoring ability, RELATED DISABILITY happiness, depressive symptoms, self-reported health, gender, G. Adorno, N. Fields, R. Parekh, V. Miller, School of Social and age. Age was dichotomized due to uneven distribution of Work, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, Texas responses across ages by grouping responses of participants The body of aging well research largely encompasses under age 55 (n  =  252, M  =  24.5  years, SD = 9.6) and age concepts such as successful aging, healthy aging, or active 55 and over (n = 266, M = 73.4 years, SD = 9.4). Mediation aging which emphasize the absence of morbidity, longevity, analyses tested the hypothesis that savoring mediates the and independent functioning,. As such, the conceptualiza- relationship between age and well-being (i.e., happiness or tion of aging well lacks knowledge about older adults whose depression), controlling for health and gender. Consistent pathways to aging are influenced by physical, emotional, with hypotheses, age was a significant predictor of increases and/or social obstacles. This qualitative community-based http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Gerontologist Oxford University Press

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Copyedited by: OUP GSA 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting 665 contrast those who primarily do research, those who do in savoring, and savoring was a significant predictor of some clinical practice, and those who make policy or pro- increases in happiness and decreases in depression. Using grammatic decisions. We also describe themes regarding bootstrap estimation, the indirect effect of age on happiness evidence on aging. Preliminary qualitative analyses on pilot through an increase in savoring was statistically significant, data found: tension between quantitative and qualitative, b = .25, SE = .06, 95% CI = .14, .37. In addition, the indirect tension between theory-testing and discovery through obser- effect of age on depression through an increase in savoring vation. Other themes: insufficiency of evidence for practice was statistically significant, b = -.09, SE = .02, 95% CI = -.14, and policy decisions; advantages versus limitations of RCTs; -.05. These findings suggest that savoring mediates the link and distinctions between evidence of no effect and no effect between age and well-being, beyond the effects of health and of evidence. In this study we intend to analyze comments gender. to characterize the challenges, feasibility and desirability of cross-discipline and cross-method dialogue to promote evi- EMOTION-FOCUSED COPING MEDIATES THE dence on aging. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGE AND SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING AT WORK 1 1 3 2 DRILLINGDOWN: WHAT AFFECTS PERSPECTIVES Y. PENG , Y. Chen , J. Wang , Z. Wnag , 1. Bowling Green ON EVIDENCE State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2. Central China M. Whipple, R. Kane, D. Xu, E. McCreedy, E. Jutkowitz, Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 3. University of University of Minnsota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin We will assess what characteristics of GSA members are Due to the aging workforce, successful aging at work has most closely associated with their views on evidence and become an important concern. However, relatively few stud- examine the range of differences across groups. The sample ies have examined the association between employee age and size permits multivariate analyses based on discipline, GSA subjective well-being, let  alone the age-related mechanisms section, journal board membership, and primary activty (or mediators) that account for the relationship. The pre- about the perceived adequacy of evidence, circumstances sent study examined the association between employee age that increase trust in evidence and evidence derived from dif- and subjective well-being (SWB; as indexed by high positive ferent designs. We will be able to determine how strongly emotion, high job satisfaction, and low negative emotions) educational field or self-identified current field determines at work. Furthermore, based on major lifespan psychol- attitudes about evidence when controlling for other vari- ogy theories (e.g., the Model of Selection Optimization and ables. Of interest to GSA will be an analysis of how jour- Compensation; the Socioemotional Selectivity Theory), this nal board membership and sectional affiliation is related to study tested emotion-focused coping as a potential explana- the outcomes, though we do not attribute causality to those tory mechanism between age and SWB at work. Two hun- relationships. We expect diversity of perspective within GSA dred and eighty Chinese full time employees (age range: sections and editorial boards. 20 to 60 years old) participated in the survey that assessed their age, emotion-focused coping (subscales from the brief COPE); job satisfaction (The 5-item job satisfaction index), SESSION 2085 (PAPER) and affective well-being at work (The Job-Related Affective Well-being Scale). Using Structural Equation Modeling, the SUCCESSFUL AGING present research found that emotion-focused coping par- tially mediated the age-SWB relationship. Older employees were more likely to use emotion-focused coping strategies SAVORING AS A MEDIATOR OF THE IMPACT OF AGE and increased emotion-focused coping lead to higher job ON WELL-BEING 1 2 satisfaction and better affective well-being at work. Our J.L. Smith , F.B. Bryant , 1. Mather LifeWays Institute on findings suggest that as people age they tend to experience Aging, Evanston, Illinois, 2. Loyola University Chicago, higher levels of subjective well-being at work. In consistent Chicago, Illinois with the arguments of current lifespan psychology theories, Savoring is the ability to attend to positive experiences and age-related increase in the use of emotion-focused coping use emotion regulation strategies to amplify positive feelings. might be an explanatory mechanism for the positive age- Previous research has found that emotion regulation tends to SWB association. improve with age, which suggests that age-related increases in savoring ability may facilitate the relationship between age and greater well-being. A  sample of 518 participants (ages EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES OF AGING WELL AT 18–94, 78% female, 65% White/European American) com- THE INTERSECTION OF COMMUNITY AND AGING- pleted a survey that included measures of savoring ability, RELATED DISABILITY happiness, depressive symptoms, self-reported health, gender, G. Adorno, N. Fields, R. Parekh, V. Miller, School of Social and age. Age was dichotomized due to uneven distribution of Work, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, Texas responses across ages by grouping responses of participants The body of aging well research largely encompasses under age 55 (n  =  252, M  =  24.5  years, SD = 9.6) and age concepts such as successful aging, healthy aging, or active 55 and over (n = 266, M = 73.4 years, SD = 9.4). Mediation aging which emphasize the absence of morbidity, longevity, analyses tested the hypothesis that savoring mediates the and independent functioning,. As such, the conceptualiza- relationship between age and well-being (i.e., happiness or tion of aging well lacks knowledge about older adults whose depression), controlling for health and gender. Consistent pathways to aging are influenced by physical, emotional, with hypotheses, age was a significant predictor of increases and/or social obstacles. This qualitative community-based

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