Toward a Temporal—Spatial Model of Cumulative Life Stress

Placing Late-Life Stress Effects in a Life-Course Perspective
  • Boaz Kahana
  • Eva Kahana
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


This chapter provides a conceptual framework for integrating the life-course research paradigm (Elder, George, & Shanahan, 1996) with the study of late-life stress effects. We discuss and integrate a series of studies, conducted by the authors and associates, that consider diverse ways in which lifelong Stressors and trauma may impact on psychological well-being in later life and on adaptation to old age. The conceptual framework we propose recognizes both temporal and spatial dimensions of Stressors and of their impact on late-life well-being. We also explore temporal and spatial dimensions of resistance resources and of stress impact as we propose a life-course-relevant stress paradigm.


Life Satisfaction Psychological Distress Negative Life Event Successful Aging Late Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boaz Kahana
    • 1
  • Eva Kahana
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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