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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 8/2016

01-08-2016

The relevance of memory sensitivity for psychological well-being in aging

Auteurs: Enrico Toffalini, Erika Borella, Cesare Cornoldi, Rossana De Beni

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 8/2016

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Abstract

Purpose

In the present study, we investigated the relationship between memory sensitivity, which describes a positive attitude to autobiographical memory and the presence of behaviors devoted to saving memories of the personal past, and psychological well-being; in particular, we tested whether their relationship would change across age groups.

Methods

Three hundred eighteen participants, divided in four groups: young to middle-aged adults (20–55 years old), young–old adults (65–74 years old), old adults (75–84 years old), and old–old adults (85–97 years old), completed questionnaires on their memory sensitivity and psychological well-being.

Results

Memory sensitivity slightly decreased with age and had a positive relationship with psychological well-being that was critically moderated by age. Specifically, the relationship between memory sensitivity and psychological well-being became increasingly stronger as age increased.

Conclusions

While memory sensitivity may have little or no particular relevance in the case of young to middle-aged adults, it has an increasingly important positive relationship with psychological well-being at later age. It is thus suggested that memory sensitivity represents a dimension that should be considered in the study and interventions on quality of life in the elderly population.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The relevance of memory sensitivity for psychological well-being in aging
Auteurs
Enrico Toffalini
Erika Borella
Cesare Cornoldi
Rossana De Beni
Publicatiedatum
01-08-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 8/2016
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-016-1231-8