Volume 1, Issue 2, 2017

Age and Emotion in Self-­Schema Narratives Related to Everyday Problem Solving

By Kiley Cappetta, Daniele Artistico, PhD, Matthew Liu, Karol Trochez, Margia Shiriti.
Published October 25th, 2017


We explored the impact of self-schemas on everyday problem solving among young and older adults. Specifically, we analyzed data from self-reported narratives describing participants’ personal strengths and weaknesses as they help, or hinder, solutions to everyday problems. Narratives were coded for high and low frequency of both positively and negatively self-relevant words. No significant differences were found between age groups with regard to frequency of emotionally positive or negative words in either strength or weakness narratives. Further investigation into the relationship between affect, self-schemas, and everyday problem
solving may contribute to a better understanding of qualitative differences in emotion regulation throughout adulthood.

Keywords: Everyday Problem Solving, Idiographic Assessment, Emotion, Narratives, Self-Schemas