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Kognitive Beeinträchtigungen und Depressivität im Alter: Effekte subjektiver Symptome im Vergleich zu psychometrischen Befunden und klinischer Einschätzung


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Author(s): Rupprecht R, Lang F
Publisher: Hogrefe
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 21
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 16-23
ISSN: 0943-8149
Language: German

Abstract

Cognitive impairment in old age is often related to increased psychological stress and depressive symptoms. We explored to what extent effects of cognitive impairment in old age may be buffered with educational resources. In our study, 201 older adults visited a diagnostic counseling service at a gerontological research institute and reported subjective cognitive complaints. Three groups of participants were identified: patients with moderate dementia symptoms (n=77), mildly cognitively impaired patients (n=78), and healthy persons with only subjective cognitive impairment (n=46). We compared associations of self-reported complaints with depressive symptoms between the groups controlling for resources and health status. Results showed that self-reported complaints were positively associated with depressive symptoms independent of cognitive performance, education, and family status. However, educational resources moderated this association: More highly educated individuals responded with fewer depressive symptoms to experiencing subjective cognitive loss. Our findings suggests that higher education may serve as a compensatory resource in coping with age-related cognitive loss. © Hogrefe Verlag, Göttingen 2013.



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APA: Rupprecht, R., & Lang, F. (2013). Kognitive Beeinträchtigungen und Depressivität im Alter: Effekte subjektiver Symptome im Vergleich zu psychometrischen Befunden und klinischer Einschätzung. Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, 21(1), 16-23. https://dx.doi.org/10.1026/0943-8149/a000081

MLA: Rupprecht, Roland, and Frieder Lang. "Kognitive Beeinträchtigungen und Depressivität im Alter: Effekte subjektiver Symptome im Vergleich zu psychometrischen Befunden und klinischer Einschätzung." Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie 21.1 (2013): 16-23.

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