Elderlys experiences 2001

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology


In 1995 a cross-sectional study of the Swedish population between the ages of 20 and 85 was carried out. In this study, three dimensions of gerotranscendence were approximated and operationalized in three measures: cosmic transcendence, coherence and need for solitude. The general purpose of the 2001 study was to obtain a better understanding of the gerotranscendence patterns when the unlimited age span 65+ is studied in detail.
As in the previous 1995 study, a series of questions/statements were framed in accordance with dimensions of gerotranscendence. Statements measuring the cosmic transcendence included: 'I feel connected with the entire universe', 'I feel that I am part of everything alive', 'I can feel a strong presence of people who are elsewhere', 'Sometimes I feel like I live in the past and present simultaneously', and 'I feel a strong connection with earlier generations'. Coherence was measured by the respondent's attitude to following statements: 'My life feels chaotic and disrupted' and 'The life I have lived has coherence and meaning'. Statements measuring solitude included: 'I

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Uppsala University

Responsible department/unit

Department of Sociology

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Swedish population aged 65 or older

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Probability: Stratified
The sample was age stratified with 200 men and 200 women randomly sampled within each of the age categories 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95+.

Time period(s) investigated

2001-01-01 – 2001-01-01

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Topic and keywords

Research area

General health and well-being, Elderly, Social behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Sociology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


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Tornstam, L. (2003) Gerotranscedences from young old age to old old age. Online publication from the Social Gereontology Group, Uppsala. http://www.soc.uu.se/publications/fulltext/gtransoldold.pdf

Tornstam, L. (2005) Åldrandets socialpsykologi, 7:e rev. edition. Stockholm: Norstedts Akademiska Förlag. ISBN 91-7227-414-X.
ISBN: 978-91-7227-414-3

Tornstam, L. (2005) Gerotranscendence. A Development Theory of Positive Aging. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

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Elderlys experiences 2001

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The response rate declined with age from 76 percent in the lowest age category to 53 percent in the highest.

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Lars Tornstam. Uppsala University (2005). Elderlys experiences 2001. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002424

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

Data collection

  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2001-01-01–2001-01-01
  • Instrument: Structured questionnaire
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Response rate/participation rate


Published: 2005-01-01
Last updated: 2021-04-21