ERIC Number: ED193306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Kogan's Attitudes Toward Old People Scale: An Assessment of the Effects of Acquiescence Response Set.
Baker, John R.; And Others
A correlational study was done on the effect of acquiescence response set upon Kogan's Attitudes Toward Old People (OP) scale. Couch and Keniston's Agreement Response (AR) scale was used as the measure of acquiescence tendency. Both scales were administered to 61 second year medical students and 44 individuals who were undergoing training in gerontology. No differences emerged for either sample group on the OP or AR scale, but both had consistently more positive than negative sentiments concerning old people. OP total scores and a subset of negatively worded OP items were found to correlate significantly in the negative direction with AR. However, acquiescence accounted for only 18% and 7%, respectively, of the score variance on OP total and OP negatively worded item subtest scores. The effect of AR was also examined by individual OP item-AR total score correlations. It was concluded that although acquiescence has a minor effect upon responses to the OP scale it appears that the item content of Kogan's scale is a more powerful influence upon respondents. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., Birmingham. School of Medicine.
Identifiers: Acquiescence; Agreement Response Scale (Couch and Keniston); Attitudes Toward Old People Scale; Kogan; Likert Scales; Social Desirability
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (8th, Little Rock, AR, November, 1979).