- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Older Adults’ Perception of Social and Emotional Cues
- The Effects of Age on Memory for Socioemotional Material: An Affective Neuroscience Perspective
- Age Changes in Facial Morphology, Emotional Communication, and Age Stereotyping
- Do Everyday Affective Experiences Differ Throughout Adulthood?: A Review of Ambulatory-Assessment Evidence
- The Dynamics of Cognitive-Emotional Integration: Complexity and Hedonics in Emotional Development
- Putting Emotional Aging in Context: Contextual Influences on Age-Related Changes in Emotion Regulation and Recognition
- Positive Emotions and Health in Adulthood and Later Life
- Boundary Conditions for Emotional Well-Being in Aging: The Importance of Daily Stress
- Tasks, Capacities, and Tactics: A Skill-Based Conceptualization of Emotion Regulation Across the Lifespan
- Reconciling Cognitive Decline and Increased Well-Being With Age: The Role of Increased Emotion Regulation Efficiency
- Contextual Variation in Adults’ Emotion Regulation During Everyday Problem Solving
- Goals and Strategies for Solving Interpersonal Everyday Problems Across the Lifespan
- Goals, Strategies, and Well-Being Across Adulthood: Integrating Perspectives From the Coping and Everyday Problem-Solving Literatures
- My Heart Will Go On: Aging and Autonomic Nervous System Responding in Emotion
- Aging Influences on Judgment and Decision Processes: Interactions Between Ability and Experience
- Wisdom and Emotions
- Values Across Adulthood: A Neglected Developmental Construct Guiding Thought and Action Over Time
- Causal Attributions Across the Adult Lifespan
- Stereotype Threat in Older Adults: When and Why Does It Occur and Who Is Most Affected?
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reviews research on the contextual variation that is seen in how older adults experience and regulate emotion evoked by interpersonal problem solving. It begins by exploring the general developmental shift toward the experience of more positive emotion and how this shift may be dependent on context and problem constraints by utilizing the concepts of Strengths and Vulnerability Integration. It examines four different everyday problem-solving contexts in middle-aged and older adult married couples and then considers the physiological processes that might be related to emotion regulation during adulthood.
Michelle A. Skinner, Department of Psychology, University of Utah
Cynthia A. Berg, Department of Psychology, University of Utah
Bert N. Uchino is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Health Psychology Program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
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