Gender differences in autobiographical memory styles of older adults.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Older adults provided oral life histories in a semi-structured interview format. The transcribed narratives were coded for the presence of specific, one-moment-in-time episodes. Participants differed systematically in the degree to which their narratives were marked by descriptions of specific events. Women's memory styles were markedly more specific or episodic than were men's styles. Participants' ratings of the ways that they use memory in daily life suggest that women place a greater value on purposeful reminiscence than do men.
  • Authors

  • Pillemer, David
  • Wink, Paul
  • DiDonato, Theresa E
  • Sanborn, Rebecca L
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • November 2003
  • Published In

  • Memory  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Anecdotes as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Mental Recall
  • Narration
  • Self Concept
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 14982120
  • Start Page

  • 525
  • End Page

  • 532
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 6