Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

The more we are in control, the merrier? Partner Perceived Control and Negative Affect in the Daily Lives of Older Couples


Drewelies, Johanna; Schade, Hannah; Hülür, Gizem; Hoppmann, Christiane A; Ram, Nilam; Gerstorf, Denis (2018). The more we are in control, the merrier? Partner Perceived Control and Negative Affect in the Daily Lives of Older Couples. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences:ePub ahead of print.

Abstract

Objectives: It is well established that daily perceived control is closely associated with lower negative affect among older adults. However, it is an open question whether control perceptions of one's partner are also uniquely associated with one's own negative affect.

Method: To examine such associations in dyads of older long-term partners, we make use of data obtained six times a day over seven consecutive days as participants went about their everyday lives (N = 87 couples; mean age = 75 years; mean relationship length = 46 years). Our multilevel actor-partner models for dyadic data analyses covary for relevant individual and couple differences in socio-demographic characteristics, self-reported physical health, and cognitive functioning.

Results: Corroborating and extending earlier reports, results reveal that higher momentary perceived control was associated with lower negative affect. Most importantly, we found that higher momentary perceived control of the partner is additionally and uniquely associated with lower negative affect of the actor.

Discussion: We discuss possible mechanisms and underlying pathways of how perceived control may help both partners down-regulate their negative emotions in daily life. We close by considering conceptual and practical implications.

Abstract

Objectives: It is well established that daily perceived control is closely associated with lower negative affect among older adults. However, it is an open question whether control perceptions of one's partner are also uniquely associated with one's own negative affect.

Method: To examine such associations in dyads of older long-term partners, we make use of data obtained six times a day over seven consecutive days as participants went about their everyday lives (N = 87 couples; mean age = 75 years; mean relationship length = 46 years). Our multilevel actor-partner models for dyadic data analyses covary for relevant individual and couple differences in socio-demographic characteristics, self-reported physical health, and cognitive functioning.

Results: Corroborating and extending earlier reports, results reveal that higher momentary perceived control was associated with lower negative affect. Most importantly, we found that higher momentary perceived control of the partner is additionally and uniquely associated with lower negative affect of the actor.

Discussion: We discuss possible mechanisms and underlying pathways of how perceived control may help both partners down-regulate their negative emotions in daily life. We close by considering conceptual and practical implications.

Statistics

Citations

Dimensions.ai Metrics

Altmetrics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:5 February 2018
Deposited On:05 Nov 2018 15:47
Last Modified:05 Nov 2018 15:48
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1079-5014
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gby009
PubMed ID:29415244

Download

Full text not available from this repository.
View at publisher

Get full-text in a library