ERIC Number: ED205926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Sex Stereotyping of the Elderly by Children.
Fillmer, H. Thompson
Students from grades one through five participated in a study to investigate whether elementary school children stereotype older people and, more specifically, whether they stereotype older people by sex. Photographs of a young woman, a young man, an old woman, and an old man were shown to the subjects, who were then asked to select from each of five pairs of adjectives an adjective that best described the person in the photograph. The subjects were also asked questions about their willingness to associate socially with the persons depicted in the photographs. The results indicated that all subjects selected more negative adjectives to describe the old woman and man than they chose for the young woman and man. The old man also received 20% more negative responses than the old woman. The responses indicated that the girls were as willing to associate with old people as with young people, but the boys were substantially more negative about old people. These results suggest that children do stereotype the elderly. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Age Bias
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (26th, New Orleans, LA, April 27-May 1, 1981).