Control beliefs and cognition over a 10-year period: Findings from the ACTIVE trial

Jeanine M. Parisi, Alden L. Gross, Michael Marsiske, Sherry L. Willis, George W. Rebok

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We examined two facets of control beliefs and cognition over 10 years within the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly study. Intellectual Self-Efficacy decreased (β =-0.32 units/year; SE = 0.03) and Concern About Intellectual Aging increased (β = 0.26 units/year; SE = 0.02) over time, with older age being the only predictor of increases in Concern About Intellectual Aging. Although baseline cognitive performance was related to control beliefs over time, the reverse was not supported. Findings were not altered by participation in the ACTIVE training programs, suggesting the need for including intervention components that lead to long-term maintenance or improvements in such beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology and aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Aging
  • Cognitive intervention
  • Control beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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