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Altruism, Well-Being, and Mental Health in Late Life

Elizabeth Midlarsky and Eva Kahana

in Altruism and Health

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195182910
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0006
 Altruism, Well-Being, and Mental Health in Late Life

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This chapter begins with the background of and a theory on altruism. It then focuses on research on older helpers, emphasizing work on Holocaust heroes, who are at the time of writing this book quite elderly. The basic premise of this chapter is that the consequences of altruism, in the form of well-being and mental health, can be viewed through the prism of the altruism paradox.

Keywords: altruism paradox; altruistic behaviour; older adults; well being; mental health

Chapter.  5930 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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