Procrastination, Hoarding, and Attention Beyond Age 65 a Community-Based Study
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We examined procrastination, hoarding, and attention in 80 older adults in community samples in the American South. Volunteers completed Lay’s General Procrastination Inventory, Frost, Steketee, and Grisham’s Saving Inventory Revised, the Oral Trail Making Test, a computerized Stroop Color Word Test, and measures of semantic and phonemic verbal fluencies. Findings suggest that procrastination affects older adults and it may be reliably measured. As with younger people procrastination and hoarding correlated in a positive direction. Hoarding correlated negatively with performance on the Trail Making Test Part B and the Color Word Score on a modified version of the Stroop Test. Hoarding also correlated negatively with Semantic Fluency though not with Phonemic Fluency. Procrastination correlated significantly and negatively only with Semantic Fluency and not with other attention measures. Limitations of the study and implications for future research are discussed.
KeywordsProcrastination Hoarding Adults older than 65
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Research Regarding Human Subjects was approved from the Institution’s Human Subject’s Board.
Conflict of Interest
Authors have no conflicts of interest.
Informed consent was obtained for all participants.
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