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dc.contributor.authorGilhooly, M-
dc.contributor.authorGilhooly, K-
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, LH-
dc.contributor.authorHarvey, D-
dc.contributor.authorBrady, A-
dc.contributor.authorHanlon, P-
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Health Psychology. 12(4): 587-600, Nov 2007en
dc.description.abstractObjectives. This study examined relationships between quality of life (QoL) in older people and cognitive functioning in both abstract and real-world problem solving. Design. Contributions of levels of mental, physical and social activities, self-rated and objective health status, self-rated cognitive functioning, socio-economic status, gender, real-world and abstract problem solving were examined in a regression study of factors related to QoL in older people. Method. Participants (N=145) were 70-91 years of age. The current cognitive functioning was assessed by psychometric tests and real-world problem-solving tasks. Prior functioning was indexed by crystallized ability measures. QoL was assessed using the Leiden-Padua questionnaire (LEIPAD), Faces scales and Hospital and Anxiety Depression Scale. A single QoL factor was derived. Results. Simultaneous multiple regressions indicated that QoL was related to real-world but not to abstract problem-solving ability. Separate contributions to QoL were also found for health and self-rated cognitive functioning. Conclusions. The present study replicates previous findings that abstract problem-solving ability is not related to QoL and supports the hypothesis that real-world or everyday problem-solving ability is associated with QoL in older people.en
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dc.publisherBritish Psychological Societyen
dc.subjectOlder peopleen
dc.subjectCognitive functioningen
dc.subjectBrunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS)-
dc.titleReal world problem solving and quality of life in older peopleen
dc.typeResearch Paperen
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