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Martin, Philip J(Philip John) 1987 , 'In search of wisdom', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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12 males and 12 females aged 65-94 years (mean age
= 70.7 years) were asked in what ways they had
become wiser since early adulthood. Themes
identified were itemized in a questionnaire which
was completed twice by 15 females and 15 males of
65-90 years (mean age = 73.53 years), being answered
the second time as they would have at about twenty
years of age. From the results items were selected
for a "Wisdom" Scale which was given to 42 young
subjects (18-25 years, mean age = 20 years), 53
middle-aged (40-55 years, mean age = 46.51 years)
and 48 elderly subjects (65-88 years, mean age =
73.08 years). While the analyses on the "Wisdom"
scale indicated no significant sex or social class
effects there was a predicted age effect, with the
elderly scoring about 9% higher than young, and
middle-aged scoring intermediately. The Wisdom
scale also correlated with the Boylin, Gordon and
Nehrke (1976) Ego-Integrity scale at approximately
0.60 overall and 0.66 for the elderly. Test-retest
reliability for the "Wisdom" scale devised was found
to be 0.911. The results are interpreted as
indicating that certain aspects of acquired wisdom
as perceived by the presently elderly had been
identified, but cultural and chronological
generality cannot be presumed.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Martin, Philip J(Philip John)
Keywords: Wisdom, Older people
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1988. Bibliography: leaves 142-146

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