ERIC Number: ED192928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Children's Attitudes Toward the Elderly: An Intervention.
Carstensen, Laura; And Others
Six- to nine-year-old children's (N=14) initial perceptions of the elderly were reexamined following an intervention consisting of an increase in the frequency of beneficial contact that the children had with old people. Beneficial contact was provided when elderly persons (N=23) served for two months as tutors in a reading program for normal readers. Pre- and post-intervention measures of children's attitudes and reading skills and the morale of the elderly adults were taken. Evaluations of the program were also obtained from elderly and child subjects, school principals and teachers. Analysis of variance revealed a significant interaction effect of group by test, suggesting that a relatively brief intervention can modify children's perceptions of the aged. While there were no significant changes in the responses of the elderly subjects as measured by objective questionnaires, the majority of the tutors reported that they were happier and felt more involved in the community while working in the program. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (Washington, DC, March 26-31, 1980).