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Correspondence between retrospective and momentary ratings of positive and negative affect in old age: findings from a one-year measurement burst design


Röcke, Christina; Hoppmann, Christiane A; Klumb, Petra L (2011). Correspondence between retrospective and momentary ratings of positive and negative affect in old age: findings from a one-year measurement burst design. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66(4):411-415.

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Objectives and Method. Using 5 measurement bursts spanning 1 year, this study examined correspondences between retrospective end-of-year ratings and momentary ratings of positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) in 53 older adult participants from the Berlin Aging Study. Results. Average momentary assessments were moderately positively correlated with retrospective ratings of PA and NA. Hierarchical regression analyses further indicate that mean momentary PA best predicted retrospective PA over and above peak or recent momentary PA, whereas no such pattern emerged for NA. No evidence for age differences in these patterns was found. Discussion. Our discussion focuses on the implications of affective memory biases for examining affective experiences as they occur in peoples' daily lives and points to implications concerning methods and theory development

Abstract

Objectives and Method. Using 5 measurement bursts spanning 1 year, this study examined correspondences between retrospective end-of-year ratings and momentary ratings of positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) in 53 older adult participants from the Berlin Aging Study. Results. Average momentary assessments were moderately positively correlated with retrospective ratings of PA and NA. Hierarchical regression analyses further indicate that mean momentary PA best predicted retrospective PA over and above peak or recent momentary PA, whereas no such pattern emerged for NA. No evidence for age differences in these patterns was found. Discussion. Our discussion focuses on the implications of affective memory biases for examining affective experiences as they occur in peoples' daily lives and points to implications concerning methods and theory development

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Life-span and Life-course Studies
Language:English
Date:1 July 2011
Deposited On:18 Oct 2018 15:21
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:48
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1079-5014
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbr024
PubMed ID:21444586

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