The identification of attention complaints in the general population and their effect on quality of life

D. Scholtissen-In de Braek, P.P.M. Hurks, M.P.J. van Boxtel, J.B. Dijkstra, J. Jolles

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Abstract

Objective: To provide more insight into subjective attention complaints in a healthy adult and elderly population and how these affect Quality of Life (QoL). Method: A group of 1,550 healthy Dutch participants complete a postal questionnaire including items from the Maastricht Attention and Memory Checklist (MAC).The impact of attention complaints on QoL is investigated in a subsample of 499 participants. Results: Factor analysis (N =1,550) reveals two factors:Attention and Memory.Attention complaints are related to depressed mood, anxiety, vitality, and sleep problems that can have serious consequences for daily life functioning and QoL (n =499). Memory complaints are related to other aspects of health, such as pain and changes in health. Conclusion: Attention complaints in the healthy population are common and related to depression, anxiety, and sleep and several aspects of QoL, such as problems with social functioning, emotional problems, and vitality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • cognitive complaints
  • attention
  • ADHD
  • Quality of Life (QoL)
  • healthy population
  • SUBJECTIVE MEMORY COMPLAINTS
  • DEFICIT-HYPERACTIVITY-DISORDER
  • MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
  • 6-YEAR FOLLOW-UP
  • NORMATIVE DATA
  • OLDER-ADULTS
  • DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
  • HEALTH SURVEY
  • EDUCATION
  • AGE

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