ERIC Number: ED195889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Rated Desirability of Job Attributes: Age Differences and Similarities.
Breaugh, James A.; DiMarco, Nicholas
If consistent age differences can be delineated in the way job attributes are valued, such information should lead to a better psychological understanding of workers, and allow decisions relevant to the satisfaction and motivation of older and younger workers to be based on fact rather than assumptions and stereotypes. Two research samples were examined to evaluate the generalizability of any age differences found in worker attitudes toward several common job attributes, including promotion opportunities and personal and professional development. Results of the two studies, using low-level clerical employees in one sample and scientific personnel in the other, indicate that there are age differences in the way certain job attributes are valued. Some differences, however, appear to be situation-specific. A number of common age stereotypes were not confirmed, e.g., job security was not rated as more desirable by older workers in either sample. The results of this research, taken in conjunction with the findings of previous studies, suggest that caution should be exercised in making generalizations about age differences in the values attached to job attributes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).