TitleNow you see it, now you don't: age differences in affective reactivity to social tensions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCharles, STurk, Piazza, JR, Luong, G, Almeida, DM
JournalPsychol Aging
Date Published2009 Sep
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adult, Affect, Aged, Aging, Arousal, Avoidance Learning, Conflict, Psychological, Defense Mechanisms, Depression, Family Conflict, Female, Friends, Humans, Internal-External Control, Male, Middle Aged, Social Adjustment, Surveys and Questionnaires

<p>When faced with interpersonal conflict, older adults report using passive strategies more often than do young adults. They also report less affective reactivity in response to these tensions. We examined whether the use of passive strategies may explain age-related reductions in affective reactivity to interpersonal tensions. Over 8 consecutive evenings, participants (N = 1,031; 25-74 years-old) reported daily negative affect and the occurrence of tense situations resulting in an argument or avoidance of an argument. Older age was related to less affective reactivity when people decided to avoid an argument but was unrelated to affective reactivity when people engaged in arguments. Findings suggest that avoidance of negative situations may largely underlie age-related benefits in affective well-being.</p>

Alternate JournalPsychol Aging
PubMed ID19739920
PubMed Central IDPMC2742971
Grant ListR01 AG023845 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG023845-01A1 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG019239 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG023845 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG019239 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States