Subjective memory in older African Americans.


Journal Article

The 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.

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Cited Authors

  • Sims, RC; Whitfield, KE; Ayotte, BJ; Gamaldo, AA; Edwards, CL; Allaire, JC

Published Date

  • March 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 220 - 240

PubMed ID

  • 21424958

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21424958

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4657

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-073X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/0361073X.2011.555640


  • eng