Race differences in intellectual control beliefs and cognitive functioning.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND/STUDY CONTEXT: The current study examined the relationship between intellectual control and cognition and related the results to everyday problem solving in a mixed ethnicity sample of 35% African American and 65% Caucasian elders.Participants completed the Personality in Intellectual Aging Contexts Inventory (PIC; Lachman et al., 1982 , Journal of Research in Personality, 16, 485-501), Everyday Cognition Battery (ECB; Allaire & Marsiske, 1999 , Psychology & Aging, 14, 627-644; 2002 , Psychology & Aging, 17, 101-115), and a battery of basic cognitive ability tests assessing memory, inductive reasoning, and verbal meaning.Results indicated that African Americans had significantly lower intellectual control beliefs relative to Caucasian older adults. Regression models suggested that relationship between control beliefs and cognition was moderated by education and race. Decomposing the interactions with simple slope analysis revealed that across cognitive abilities, better cognitive performance was related to higher control beliefs in African Americans with at least 13 years of education. A similar relationship was also found in Caucasian elders with lower education.African American elders' reaching a higher level of education may provide a basis for which individual differences in intellectual control beliefs are activated and thereby more strongly associated with cognitive performance.

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Cited Authors

  • Kennedy, SW; Allaire, JC; Gamaldo, AA; Whitfield, KE

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 247 - 264

PubMed ID

  • 22540381

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22540381

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4657

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-073X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/0361073x.2012.672122


  • eng