International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 2 Num. 2 - December 2002


Interpersonal Skills, Intelligence, and Personality in Older People [Habilidades Interpersonales, Inteligencia y Personalidad en Mayores]

Volume 2 Num. 2 - December 2002 - Pages 147-171


Adelia de Miguel , ,


This study presents the results of the assessment of interpersonal skills (IS) in the aged (search for alternatives, identification of feelings, predicting consequences, causal attribution, and segmentation), and their relationships with other personality and intelligence factors (work motivation, locus of control, and g factor). The stability of all the assessed factors is also analysed. A training program was implemented to increase IS. A quantitative analysis clearly shows the improvement experienced by the 34 older people (low in IS) whose performance after training reached the level of 68 older people who were considered normal. The qualitative analysis highlights a temporal consideration of responses given to two items of IS: causal attribution and predicting consequences. The theoretical, methodological, and procedural aspects are based on the general personality model developed by Pelechano in Spain, including a model of multiple intelligences

Key words:

Older, Interpersonal skills, Work motivation, Locus of control, Stability, Training programs

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