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Subjective memory in older African Americans

TitleSubjective memory in older African Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSims, RC, Whitfield, KE, Ayotte, BJ, Gamaldo, AA, Edwards, CL, Allaire, JC
JournalExperimental Aging ResearchExperimental Aging Research
Volume37
Pagination220-240
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0361-073X<br/>1096-4657
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2011-06003-005
Keywords*Aging, *Blacks, *Memory, *Self Perception, *Well Being, Gerontology [2860], Geropsychology, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Internal External Locus of Control, Major Depression, Short Term Memory, Stress, subjective memory, actual memory, psychological well being, depressive symptoms, perceived stress, locus of control, verbal memory, working memory, African Americans, older adults, us, Verbal Memory
AbstractThe current analysis examined (a) if measures of psychological well-being predict subjective memory, and (b) if subjective memory is consistent with actual memory. Five hundred seventy-nine older African Americans from the Baltimore Study of Black Aging completed measures assessing subjective memory, depressive symptomatology, perceived stress, locus of control, and verbal and working memory. Higher levels of perceived stress and greater externalized locus of control predicted poorer subjective memory, but subjective memory did not predict objective verbal or working memory. Results suggest that subjective memory is influenced by aspects of psychological well-being but is unrelated to objective memory in older African Americans. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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