ERIC Number: ED212947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Social Perspective-Taking and Social Interaction in the Elderly.
Tierney, Mary C.; Edge, Lesley
Some older adults experience difficulty in decentering their own viewpoint on tasks requiring spatial and communicative role-taking. To examine the social perspective-taking skills of older adults and the kinds of strategies older people would suggest to solve social dilemmas, adults were interviewed about their typical interpersonal problems. A positive relationship was found between role-taking and engagement. The greatest amount of disengagement was found among the institutionalized elderly respondents, who also selected lower perspective-taking alternatives. The findings suggest that these individuals may perceive their social interactions as less significant. In addition, the results indicate that reasoning among older adults does not tend to regress, but reflects an adaptation to the constraints of the environment. Future research should focus on the impact of the loss of friends and the role of mobility. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Disengagement (Gerontology)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 3-5, 1981).