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    Procrastination, depressive symptomatology, and loneliness in later life

    Monaghan, Cormac and Avila-Palencia, Ione and Han, S. Duke and McHugh Power, Joanna (2024) Procrastination, depressive symptomatology, and loneliness in later life. Aging & Mental Health. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1360-7863

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    Objectives: Procrastination is an almost universal behaviour and yet little research to date has focused on procrastination among older adults. The purpose of this study was to explore the potential asso-ciation between age and procrastination, and the potential mediating roles of depressive symptom-atology and loneliness.Method: Structural equation modelling was applied to data from 1309 participants (aged 29–92) from two waves United States Health and Retirement Study (2016–2020). Within the model, sex, education, marital status, and job status were added as covariates.Results: There was no statistically significant direct effect between age and procrastination (β = 0.06, p = 0.106). However, an indirect effect was present via depressive symptomatology (β = −0.40, p < 0.001). No mediating effect of loneliness was observed (β = − 0.01, p = 0.371). Subsequent analysis revealed that the symptoms, fatigue, loneliness, and lack of motivation significantly predicted procrastination.Conclusion: While age was not directly associated with procrastination, increasing age was associated with a decreased likelihood of depressive symptomatology, which was in turn associated with an increased likelihood of procrastination. Such findings indicates that age demonstrates no association with procrastination because of the suppressing effect of depressive symptomatology.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Health and retirement study; structural equation modelling; mediation; voluntary delay; mental health;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 18470
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    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2024 11:31
    Journal or Publication Title: Aging & Mental Health
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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