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Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study

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    • Abstract:
      The ecological momentary assessment (EMA) method was used to examine the antecedents and correlates of older adults' in-the-moment perceptions of meaning at work. Data were collected six times per day for 7 days from 30 older adults who were mostly social entrepreneurs and who were engaged in purpose work (i.e., work that addresses a social problem or issue). We found concurrent effects of two types of affective states (i.e., relaxed and energetic) and generative work behaviors (i.e., sharing information about one's work and encouraging/inviting others into one's work) on three measures of perceptions of meaningful work (i.e., high passion for one's work, high sense of engagement in one's work, and high connection to a sense of meaning in life). Feeling energetic had a lagged effect on meaningful work approximately 2.5 and 5 hr later in the day. We consider ways to foster engagement in meaningful work as a path toward healthy aging. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR (Copyright of Journal of Applied Gerontology is the property of Sage Publications Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.)
    • Accession Number:
      ECOLOGICAL research; LIFE; JOB involvement; ACTIVE aging; PSYCHOLOGY; encore; experience sampling method; purpose
    • Publication Information:
      Publication Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0733-4648
    • Accession Number:
      EP137235188
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MATZ-COSTA, C. et al. Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Journal of Applied Gerontology, [s. l.], v. 38, n. 8, p. 1121–1146, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188. Acesso em: 26 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Matz-Costa C, Cosner Berzin S, Pitt-Catsouphes M, Halvorsen CJ. Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2019;38(8):1121-1146. Accessed September 26, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188
    • APA:
      Matz-Costa, C., Cosner Berzin, S., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., & Halvorsen, C. J. (2019). Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 38(8), 1121–1146.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Matz-Costa, Christina, Stephanie Cosner Berzin, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and Cal J Halvorsen. 2019. “Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.” Journal of Applied Gerontology 38 (8): 1121–46. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188.
    • Harvard:
      Matz-Costa, C. et al. (2019) ‘Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study’, Journal of Applied Gerontology, 38(8), pp. 1121–1146. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188 (Accessed: 26 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Matz-Costa, C, Cosner Berzin, S, Pitt-Catsouphes, M & Halvorsen, CJ 2019, ‘Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study’, Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1121–1146, viewed 26 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Matz-Costa, Christina, et al. “Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.” Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol. 38, no. 8, Aug. 2019, pp. 1121–1146. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Matz-Costa, Christina, Stephanie Cosner Berzin, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and Cal J Halvorsen. “Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.” Journal of Applied Gerontology 38, no. 8 (August 1, 2019): 1121–46. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Matz-Costa C, Cosner Berzin S, Pitt-Catsouphes M, Halvorsen CJ. Perceptions of the Meaningfulness of Work Among Older Social Purpose Workers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Journal of Applied Gerontology [Internet]. 2019 Aug 1 [cited 2020 Sep 26];38(8):1121–46. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gnh&AN=EP137235188