Grip strength and quality of life in the second half of life: hope as a moderator

Amber M. Gum, Dikla Segal-Karpas, Sharon Avidor, Liat Ayalon, Ehud Bodner, Yuval Palgi

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Objectives: The purpose of the current study was to investigate grip strength, hope, and their interaction as predictors of quality of life four years later in a nationally representative sample of older adults. Method: Data were derived from the first (2005–2006) and second wave (2009) of the Israeli component of the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE; N = 344). Hope was measured by three items from the Hope   Scale, and quality of life was measured by the CASP-12 (Control, Autonomy, Self-Realization, and Pleasure). Multiple regression analyses were conducted. Results: Grip strength at T1 predicted QoL in T2, but hope was not a significant predictor. Furthermore, hope moderated the effect of handgrip on QoL, such that the effect was weaker for higher levels of hope. Conclusion: As hypothesized, hope acted as a moderator, such that poor grip strength was associated with worse QoL for less hopeful older adults, but grip strength was not associated with QoL for more hopeful older adults. Findings are consistent with a theoretical conceptualization of hope as a buffer between physical challenges and negative outcomes like QoL. Encouraging a hopeful perspective could enhance QoL for older adults with decreased muscle strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1600-1605
Number of pages6
JournalAging and Mental Health
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2018

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  • Quality of life
  • grip strength
  • hope
  • longitudinal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Gerontology
  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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