Human Development and Family Studies
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Aging Research
The majority of studies on longevity have focused disproportionally on biomedical aspects of longevity . While biomedical aspects undoubtedly play an important role in determining the length and quality of life, there are also a number of important social, psychological, and behavioral factors associated with longevity. Recent research has demonstrated that distal experiences such as education  and childhood personality  as well as proximal behaviors such as nutritional behaviors , coping with stress , and social support  are all important components in determining mortality, longevity, and quality of life among very old people.
This special issue on behavioral factors of longevity attempts to highlight important behavioral factors associated with longevity. We pose two important questions. The first question concerns predictors of longevity. Why do some people live to a very long life whereas others do not? The second question concerns the quality of life for individuals who have lived a very long life. What is life like when one reaches nonagenarian or centenarian status? We were, therefore, guided by two separate but interrelated aspects of longevity research: studies discussing factors contributing to longevity and studies discussing behavioral aspects among long-lived individuals.
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Martin, Peter; Poon, Leonard W.; and Hagberg, Bo, "Behavioral Factors of Longevity" (2011). Human Development and Family Studies Publications. 77.