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Collaborative everyday problem solving among same-gender friends in early and later adulthood

Title: Collaborative everyday problem solving among same-gender friends in early and later adulthood.
Name(s): Schuller, Kelly, author
Strough, JoNell, author
McFall, Joseph P., author
Flinn, Jennifer A., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008-08-01
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Summary: To investigate potential age-related differences in performance gains (compensation and optimization) and losses (failure to actualize potential) of collaboration with a familiar partner, the authors compared pairs of older (N = 75; 69% women) and younger (N = 75; 52% women) age-homogeneous same-gender friends who interacted or worked alone to generate strategies for solving interpersonal and instrumental problems. Two indexes of strategy fluency (total and unique number of strategies) and 2 indexes of strategy type (content of strategy repertoires and strategy selected as most effective by older and younger adults) were examined. Strategies generated by interacting pairs were compared with nominal pair scores. Nominal pair scores indexed dyadic potential and were created by pooling the performance of 2 individuals who worked alone. Age differences in strategy fluency and type were largely similar to prior research based on individual problem solvers. Interacting pairs produced fewer strategies than nominal pairs, but there were no differences in strategy type. For interpersonal problems, older adults were relatively more likely to actualize their dyadic potential.
Identifier: fgcu_ir_000808 (IID)
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Subject(s): collaborative cognition
nominal pairs
everyday problem solving
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Host Institution: FGCU
Has Part: Psychology and Aging.