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Positive attitudes towards technologies and facets of well-being in older adults
Department of psychology Bologna university.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5937-8409
2016 (English)In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523, Vol. 1, no 18Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The current study investigates the relevance of positive attitudes toward Internet technologies for psychological well-being and social well-being in old age. A sample of 245 elderly people (Mean age = 70; SD =9.1) filled in the Psychological Well-Being Questionnaire, the Social Well-Being Questionnaire, and Attitudes Toward Technologies Questionnaire (ATTQ). Favorable attitudes toward Internet technologies showed positive correlations with overall social well-being and all its components with the exception of social acceptance. Positive correlations with overall psychological well-being and two of its components, namely, personal growth and purpose in life, were also found. Two hierarchical multiple regression models underscored that positive attitudes toward Internet technologies constitute the most important predictor of social well-being, and it appears to be a significant predictor for psychological well-being as well. Results are discussed and integrated into the Positive Technology theoretical framework that sustains the value of technological resources for improving the quality of personal experience and well-being


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2016. Vol. 1, no 18
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Internet technologies, old age, well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120047DOI: 10.1177/0733464816647825OAI: diva2:926306
Swedish Research Council, 421-2012-650 and 2015-02199
Available from: 2016-05-05 Created: 2016-05-05 Last updated: 2016-05-17

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