A body of studies shows that positive mental health in late adulthood and longevity are associated with higher measures in psychological well-being scales (e.g., life satisfaction, coping) and lower depressive signs. However, according to some authors the self-assessment of mental health in elderly people can be partially biased by their tendency to present themselves in a more positively way in order to impress the interlocutor and preserve their social image, the so called socially desirability. The main aim of the current study was to explore whether a socially desirable responding style influence self-assessment of mental health in a sample of cognitively healthy elderly people residing in Sardinia, an Italian n isle characterized by higher longevity indexes. Each participant was presented a battery of questionnaires and tests assessing metacognitive efficiency subjective well-being, depression, socially desirability and working memory efficiency. A series of Mancova and a path analysis highlighted the role played by a socially desirable responding style on the self-assessment of mental health. Embracing an applied perspective, the results have been discussed in light of their impact in the clinical practice.
|Titolo:||Do elderly people fake in the assessment of their mental health?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|