Stressful situations may produce pathological states in the capacity to face harmful events in elderly people. This study investigates the relationships between the capacity to adopt appropriate coping strategies, the ability to transform circumstances to personal preferences or to adjust personal preferences to situational constraints, and the efficiency of cognitive functioning in the elderly. A sample of 121 residents drawn from a rural community in Southern Italy were administered the MMSE, the Tenacious Goal Pursuit, Flexible Goal Adjustment and Coping Inventory for Stressful Situation questionnaires. Results suggest that the capacity to face stressful situations is closely linked to an efficient cognitive functioning and to approaches to coping that ensure a wide range of solutions.

Coping strategies and cognitive functioning in elderly people from a rural community

RUGGIERO, Gennaro;IACHINI, Santa;
2006

Abstract

Stressful situations may produce pathological states in the capacity to face harmful events in elderly people. This study investigates the relationships between the capacity to adopt appropriate coping strategies, the ability to transform circumstances to personal preferences or to adjust personal preferences to situational constraints, and the efficiency of cognitive functioning in the elderly. A sample of 121 residents drawn from a rural community in Southern Italy were administered the MMSE, the Tenacious Goal Pursuit, Flexible Goal Adjustment and Coping Inventory for Stressful Situation questionnaires. Results suggest that the capacity to face stressful situations is closely linked to an efficient cognitive functioning and to approaches to coping that ensure a wide range of solutions.
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