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Problem solving in older adults: A German adaptation of the Everyday Problem Solving Inventory

Author(s): Ewert, O.

Journal/Book: Z Entwicklungspsychol Padago. 1996; 28: Rohnsweg 25, D-37085 Gottingen, Germany. Hogrefe-Verlag GmbH & Co. 380-399.

Abstract: We examined the everyday problem solving performance in a sample population of 100 older adults between 60 and 89 years of age with a short German version of Cornelius and Caspi's (1987) Everyday Problem Solving Inventory. The results of the first study indicate of the German and the original versions are comparable. The second study involving this relatively old population examined the changes in pragmatic intelligence with in creasing age. Subjects demonstrated stable performance in a vocabulary rest, a small age decrement in problem solving performance, and a large age decrement in a speed test. The findings indicate that in very old age even the solving of typical everyday problems may require the maximum of the available cognitive resources.

Note: Article Martin M, Univ Mainz, Inst Psychol, Staudinger Weg 9, D-55099 Mainz, GERMANY

Keyword(s): aging; problem solving; cognitive development; AGE-DIFFERENCES; LIFE-SPAN; MEMORY; COMPREHENSION; COGNITION; SKILL; SPEED; TASK


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