Adaption in Very Old Age

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Short Description: Of major interest for the current study module were the challenges of daily life in old age and how older partners help or hinder one another in handling these. From both partners, we concurrently collected data at physiological (e.g., cortisol), behavioral (e.g., cognitive performance), and experiential levels (e.g., self-reports about affect, activities, social interactions, stress and coping, body contact, and personality).

Experimental Details: To examine such questions, we obtained experience sampling data six to seven times throughout the day over seven consecutive days from 165 older heterosexual German couples (Mage = 72 years, range: 56-89) as these went about the routines of their daily lives. 38 of the couples were part of the SOEP Innovation Sample, the remaining 127 couples were from the SOEP Core Sample.

Incentives: Participants have been reimbursed with up to 100€ per person, depending on the number of questionnaires filled in within the daily protocol.







Denis Gerstorf, Humboldt University of Berlin [E-Mail]



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