Psychologists' self-perceptions of their intellectual aging

Charles F. Mason, George W. Rebok

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The major purpose of the present study was to extend the available information base on intellectual aging by collecting self-report data from a sample of 100 psychologists ranging in age from 45 to 64 years. Respondents were asked to rate changes in six intellectual functions on a 5-point scale and to answer yes-no questions about concordance of present changes with past expectations and about health problems affecting intellectual functioning. Results showed that perceived changes positive and negative were occurring in a large proportion of psychologists and that a number of these changes violated beliefs previously held by the respondents. The importance of combining phenomenological and objective research perspectives was discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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