Older Adults' Coping with the Stress Involved in the Use of Everyday Technologies

Dana Yagil, Miri Cohen, Jonathan D. Beer

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Abstract

Purpose: This study was conducted to examine the frequency of reported use of everyday technologies (EDT) and its associations with self-efficacy, stress appraisal, and coping strategies. Design and Methods: Cross-sectional data were collected from 150 participants (aged ≥65 years), measuring use of EDT by means of self-report questionnaires and a computerized simulator of an automatic teller machine (ATM), and EDT-related self-efficacy, stress appraisal, and coping strategies questionnaires. Results: Structured equation modeling analysis showed that EDT-related self-efficacy was related to higher use of EDT, through the mediation of EDT-related stress and coping strategies. Logistic regression showed that use of ATM simulator was predicted by self-efficacy, younger age, and female gender. Implications: Enhancing EDT-self efficacy is suggested to increase the use of EDT among elder adults. The use of simulators may be an efficient mean to promote EDT self-efficacy and use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

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Keywords

  • coping
  • everyday technology
  • older adults
  • self-efficacy
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

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