'It is nothing more than a senior moment': The moderating role of subjective age in the effect of change in memory on self-rated memory.

Title'It is nothing more than a senior moment': The moderating role of subjective age in the effect of change in memory on self-rated memory.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsSegel-Karpas, D, Palgi, Y
JournalAging & Mental Health
Volume23
Issue2
Pagination272-276
ISSN Number1364-6915
KeywordsMemory, Self-reported health, Subjective age
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The association between memory performance and self-rated memory is yet to be understood. More specifically, little is known about the factors that lie at the base of self-evaluations of memory in relation to actual changes in memory. In this study, we suggest that subjective age modifies the effect of objective change in memory on self-rated memory.

METHOD: We used two waves of the Health and Retirement Study (N = 4624) to examine whether subjective age moderates the effect of experienced changes in memory between T1 and T2 on self-rated memory at T2.

RESULTS: Our results suggest that subjective age is a significant moderator of the effect of change in memory on self-rated memory. The effect is weaker among those with younger subjective age, and stronger for those with older subjective age.

CONCLUSION: While preserving a young subjective age is usually considered an adaptive strategy, it also has potential negative effects, masking changes in memory performance.

DOI10.1080/13607863.2017.1399350
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Alternate JournalAging Ment Health
Citation Key9473
PubMed ID29125316