Spatial temporal experiences and self-assessed health in the older adult
The relationships between spatial, or non-linear, temporal experiences and self-assessed health in the older adult were examined. Newman's (1986) model of health, in which time is a major concept, and Cottle's (1967) spatial conceptualization of time provided direction for the study. Temporal variables included dominance and relatedness as described in the Circles Test.
The sample consisted of 42 females and 4 males who resided in retirement centers. The mean age of the subjects was 80.5 years. Self-assessed health scores ranged from 1-10, with a sample mean of 6.89 (
The correlation between temporal relatedness and self-assessed health scores was not significant (
The lack of a significant relationship between the temporal variables of dominance and relatedness and self-assessed health underscore the difficulties associated with the conceptualization of the time variable. Anecdotal material provided by the subjects revealed differences in patterns of expression about the different time zones.