Characterizing and explaining differences in cognitive test performance between african american and European American older adults.


Journal Article

The present study examined differences in cognitive performance of African American and European American older adults on cognitive and intellectual measures, and the extent to which literacy status or reading level was useful in explaining these group differences. African American elders performed more poorly than European American elders on 12 of 13 cognitive tests administered, p < .05. After controlling for reading level achievement, differences in performance became nonsignificant for 5 of these 12 tests. Nonetheless, some differences persisted, suggesting that other potential mediators of race differences remain to be explored in future research.

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Cited Authors

  • Morgan, AA; Marsiske, M; Whitfield, KE

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 80 - 100

PubMed ID

  • 18189169

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18189169

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4657

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-073X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/03610730701776427


  • eng