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Self-regulation style and quality of life in the elderly

Self-regulation style and quality of life in the elderly

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Recieved: 08/31/2022

Accepted: 04/13/2023

Published: 06/17/2023

Keywords: self-regulation; quality of life; psychological well-being; older age

p.: 79–90

DOI: 10.11621/ npj.2023.0206

Available online: 17.06.2023

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Mariia A. Lavrova, Marina P. Kharitonova. Self-regulation style and quality of life in the elderly. // National Psychological Journal 2023. 2. p.79–90. doi: 10.11621/ npj.2023.0206

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Issue 2, 2023

Mariia A. Lavrova Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin

Marina P. Kharitonova Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin


Background. The analysis of “successful” aging indicates the possibility for restructuring and coordinating adaptive capabilities that could maintain a relatively high level of quality of life for older people. Self-regulation as a meta-resource that mobilizes cognitive and personal resources can make a contribution to such a possibility. 

Objective. The study focuses on the relationship between quality of life and the features of self-regulation in a group of older people. 

Sample. A pilot study was conducted in May–June 2021. The study was a part of the input study for the Caring Connection project (the total number of project participants is 190 people). Participation was voluntary: 49 respondents took part in this study; the average age was 80±7 years. 

Methods. The methods of assessing the quality of life The Short Form‑36 (SF‑36) and the “Style of self-regulation of behavior SSP‑98” (by V.I. Morosanova) were used. 

Results. Approaches to self-regulation are briefly described. Flexibility as a regulatory and personal property of self-regulation is interrelated with such aspects of quality of life as “Mental health”, “Social functioning”, “Psychological component of health” and affects the “Psychological component of health”. 

Conclusion. Flexibility, as the ability to rebuild the system of self-regulation depending on external and internal conditions, affects psychological well-being and quality of life in old age. The personal component of self-regulation in older people is important for managing their health. 

Practical application of the results. The development of self-regulation skills can be one of the promising approaches in the psychoprophylaxis of various disorders and mental health protection in old age. The depletion of cognitive resources in aging can be compensated by effective self-regulation and maintenance of cognitive flexibility. An additional advantage may be gained with the ability to maintain self-regulation with digital technologies.


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Mariia A. Lavrova, Marina P. Kharitonova. Self-regulation style and quality of life in the elderly. // National Psychological Journal 2023. 2. p.79–90. doi: 10.11621/ npj.2023.0206

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