ERIC Number: ED146510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-14
Cognitive Tasks as Predictors of Behavioral Competencies in the Aged.
Cyr, J.; Stones, M. J.
This paper discusses the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the relationship between cognitive abilities and behavioral competencies in elderly institutional residents. The former was assessed by an array of five cognitive measures: two Piagetian tasks, Set Test, WAIS Vocabulary and Digit Span subtests, and the WMS Associate Learning subtest; the latter was assessed by the Stockton Geriatric Rating Scale (SGRS). The overall variance in common between the two sets of variables was approximately 70%. Of the cognitive tasks, those most highly predictive of behavioral competencies were the Piagetian tasks, Set Test and, to a lesser extent, WAIS Vocabulary subtest. Of the four SGRS factors, the one predicted to the greatest extent was apathy, with physical disability to a lesser extent. Since the strong relationship between apathy and cognitive abilities was obtained from an institutionalized sample, future research should try to discover whether such a relationship pertains only to the institutionalized setting or applies generally across the aged population. (Author/PFS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (Vancouver, British Columbia, November 11-14, 1976)