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Behavioural Science Section / Original Paper

Subjective Memory in a National Sample: Predicting Psychological Well-Being

Mogle J.A.a · Hill N.b · McDermott C.b

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aCenter for Healthy Aging, College of Nursing, and bCollege of Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

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Gerontology 2017;63:460-468

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Abstract of Behavioural Science Section / Original Paper

Received: August 21, 2016
Accepted: February 28, 2017
Published online: April 26, 2017
Issue release date: August 2017

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0304-324X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GER

Abstract

Background: Individual perception of memory performance (i.e., subjective memory) is assessed using a variety of approaches. This article focuses on 2 such approaches: (1) self-comparison assessments that attempt to capture changes in memory ability over a period of time and (2) age-anchored comparisons that assess how an individual perceives their memory in relation to others their age. These different types of assessment may relate to psychological well-being differently due to the underlying mechanisms of assessment. Objective: The purpose of these analyses is to examine 2 measures of subjective memory (i.e., a self-comparison measure and an age-anchored comparison measure) as predictors of psychological well-being among adults in mid- and late life. Methods: Participants (n = 3,434) in the Midlife in the United States Study completed measures of subjective memory, depressive affect, and life satisfaction. Structural equation modeling was used to examine whether the self-comparison and age-anchored comparison measures had differential predictive utility regarding psychological well-being. Results: Higher age-anchored comparison ratings were related to higher life satisfaction scores. There was a significant interaction between the 2 items such that individuals with lower ratings on both subjective memory measures had the poorest outcomes. Additionally, age-anchored comparisons interacted with age: older adults had the poorest outcomes when they reported poorer age-anchored comparisons. Conclusion: These findings highlight the importance of precise measurement in the consideration of subjective memory. How an individual was asked to rate his or her perception of memory influenced the relationships between subjective memory and psychological well-being. This study contributes valuable insight into the importance of the assessment models of subjective memory.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Behavioural Science Section / Original Paper

Received: August 21, 2016
Accepted: February 28, 2017
Published online: April 26, 2017
Issue release date: August 2017

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0304-324X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GER


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