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Resilience Examined in Older Adults with Depression

Am J Geriatr Psychiatry; ePub 2018 Aug 25; Laird, et al

Medium-sized associations were observed between components of resilience (overall resilience and accommodative coping self-efficacy) and self-reported memory performance in a recent study that examined 288 depressed older adults. Participants completed neurocognitive tests of memory, language performance, and executive functioning, as well as measures of subjective memory performance and components of resilience (grit, active coping self-efficacy, accommodative coping self-efficacy, and spirituality). Researchers found:

  • Medium-sized associations were observed between greater resilience (overall resilience, accommodative coping) and lower frequency of self-reported forgetting.
  • Small positive associations were observed between language performance and total resilience, active coping self-efficacy, and accommodative coping self-efficacy.
  • Small negative associations were observed between spirituality and each objective measure of cognitive performance.


Laird KT, Lavretsky H, Wu P, Krause B, Siddarth P. Neurocognitive correlates of resilience in late-life depression. [Published online ahead of print August 25, 2018]. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2018.08.009.