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The assessment of social skills deficits in the elderly.

Furnham, A; Pendleton, D; (1983) The assessment of social skills deficits in the elderly. Int J Aging Hum Dev , 17 (1) pp. 29-38. 10.2190/9Y98-6CQB-PYTY-U668.

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Abstract

This paper tested the hypothesis that a sample of elderly people compared to a matched sample of younger people reports an increase in difficulty and social anxiety in dealing with a wide range of everyday social situations. The literature on assertiveness and social skills training with the elderly was first reviewed. Then an assertiveness and social difficulty scale was administered to a group of eighty participants divided by age and sex. It was found that older people experienced less discomfort in situations requiring assertiveness, yet were less likely to respond assertively. Older people reported higher incidence of social anxiety across forty everyday situations. In general females reported more difficulty than males, though there were no interaction effects. The results are discussed in terms of the assessment and training of social skills in the elderly.

Type: Article
Title: The assessment of social skills deficits in the elderly.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.2190/9Y98-6CQB-PYTY-U668
Keywords: Adult, Aged, Assertiveness, Female, Gender Identity, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Psychological Tests, Social Adjustment, Social Behavior Disorders, Social Environment
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1422790
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