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Altruism and Health$
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Stephen G. Post

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.001.0001

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Altruism, Well-Being, and Mental Health in Late Life

Chapter:
(p.56) 4. Altruism, Well-Being, and Mental Health in Late Life
Source:
Altruism and Health
Author(s):

Elizabeth Midlarsky

Eva Kahana

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0006

This chapter begins with the background of and a theory on altruism. It then focuses on research on older helpers, emphasizing work on Holocaust heroes, who are at the time of writing this book quite elderly. The basic premise of this chapter is that the consequences of altruism, in the form of well-being and mental health, can be viewed through the prism of the altruism paradox.

Keywords:   altruism paradox, altruistic behaviour, older adults, well being, mental health

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