ERIC Number: ED190850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Children's Views on Aging.
Marks, Ronald; Newman, Sally
One hundred-seventy elementary school children in Western Pennsylvania were involved in a pilot study to examine young children's views on aging and the elderly. Approximately half of these children were involved in the Senior Citizen School Volunteer Program which provided consistent classroom contact with a senior citizen resource person. The "Children's Views on Aging" inventory was used to examine the children's views at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of the year following a period of consistent classroom interaction between the children and the senior citizen volunteer. Comparisons were made between the children who had this consistent weekly senior citizen contact and those who did not. The findings suggested that children as young as age six have clear views on aging, many of which are stereotypic, and that children with consistent classroom contact with senior citizen volunteers during this year seem to alter these stereotypic views. There was determined to be a need for further contact between the generations in order to provide children with a healthy understanding of the aging process as it relates to themselves as well as the older senior citizen volunteer. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Western Pennsylvania Gerontology Center.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (West); Senior Citizen School Volunteer Program PA