Interest in dementia testing: Family history, dementia-related anxiety, and coping

Molly Maxfield, Ruifeng Cui, Jennifer R. Roberts, Amy Fiske

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Increasing awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) may contribute to anxiety about the prospect of a dementia-related diagnosis (dementia-related anxiety). In an online study, we examined variables believed to predict interest in ADRD testing: Family ADRD history, self-perceived ADRD risk, dementia-related anxiety, and coping styles. Logistic regression analysis indicated family ADRD history, being in a relationship, and greater tendency toward monitoring style of coping were significantly associated with greater likelihood of interest in ADRD testing. In a second model, a significant interaction suggested that greater tendency toward monitoring coping style and greater self-perceived ADRD risk predict greater interest in ADRD testing. In the second model, dementia-related anxiety predicted interest in ADRD testing. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalGeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • coping style
  • dementia-related anxiety
  • interest in dementia testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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