ERIC Number: ED194929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Aging on Attitude and Communication Behavior: A Life Span Perspective.
Shulman, Gary M.; And Others
Semantic differential statements were used to elicit attitudes toward aging from 176 high school students, college students, and older adults (nonstudents) who had viewed four sketches of a white male's appearance at ages 12, 19, 49, and 70 years. The results were the following: (1) High school students described aging as more personally unacceptable, less autonomous, and more ineffective than did nonstudents. (2) The picture of the 49-year-old man was described as less personally acceptable than the other pictures, while the picture of the 70-year-old man was seen as less autonomous than the picture of the 12 year old. (3) The picture of the 19-year-old man was described as more personally unacceptable by high school and college students than by nonstudents. (4) The picture of the 49-year-old man was seen as more personally unacceptable by high school respondents than by older adult respondents. (5) The picture of the 70-year-old man was seen as less personally unacceptable by high school and college respondents than by nonstudents. (6) The pictures of the 12-year-old and the 19-year-old subjects were considered more ineffective by the high school respondents than by the nonstudent respondents. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).