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Ageing and belief

Peter G. Coleman

in Belief and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301530 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424600.003.0001
Ageing and belief

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This chapter begins by explaining what belief is and the factors that may affect it. Next, it examines what older people share about their beliefs, whether religious, spiritual, or neither, and in particular, what they say about these beliefs that support them in understanding and coping with life's challenges. It then focuses on belief in action, referred to in the context of older people's actual daily lives, rather than spirituality as a normative developmental characteristic of subjective experience as persons grow older.

Keywords: ageing; belief; spirituality; religion; older people; subjective experience; experience

Chapter.  4796 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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