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Ellen Bouchard Ryan, Sheree Kwong See, W. Bryan Meneer & Diane Trovato

In: Interpersonal Communication in Older Adulthood: Interdisciplinary Theory and Research

Chapter 2: Age-Based Perceptions of Conversational Skills among Younger and Older Adults

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Age-Based Perceptions of Conversational Skills among Younger and Older Adults
Age-based perceptions of conversational skills among younger and older adults
EllenBouchardRyanShereeKwongSeeW.BryanMeneerDianeTrovato

Difficulties encountered in intergenerational conversations may frequently be attributed to competence decline in older individuals—by a variety of interlocutors, from physicians and bank tellers to students and family members. We begin this chapter with the presentation of a model highlighting the multitude of alternative explanations for such conversational problems. Stereotyped expectations about changes in language performance across adulthood play an important role in this model, hence the heart of the chapter is a study of self-perceptions and beliefs about age-related changes in conversational language performance. Although our discussion will be confined to these topics, we will introduce a multidimensional model for understanding language in later ...

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