Ageism: contact with older adults and anxiety towards aging

Penney, Mandy V. (2014) Ageism: contact with older adults and anxiety towards aging. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Ageism against older adults has become an increasingly popular research area with the increase in life expectancy. Participants (n = 101; age range: 19-42) completed an Aging Semantic Differential (ASD) scale of a 70-year-old target, an ASD scale for oneself at 70 years of age, and the Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE). It was hypothesized that participants who indicated more frequent positive contact with older adults, awareness of someone else’s positive contact with an older adult, and a lack of anxiety about aging would have less ageist attitudes and behaviours. It was also hypothesized that participants would score lower on the ASD when rating themselves at 70 years of age than when rating a 70-year-old target. Results indicated that ratings of direct contact predicted scores on the ASD for the target (R2 = .136). As predicted, participants scored higher on the ASD when rating the 70-year-old target (M = 123.64, SD = 18.74) than when rating themselves at 70 years (M = 105.33, SD = 22.16), indicating participants held more positive attitudes of themselves at 70 years of age than the 70-year-old target.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 8410
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 38-46).
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Date: 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Ageism--Public opinion; Older people--Rating of; Aging--Public opinion

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