ERIC Number: ED329856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Age Norms in New Zealand Society.
Byrd, M.; Breuss, T.
Groups of young, middle-aged, and elderly New Zealand men and women were surveyed for their opinions of the correct ages for a number of different aspects of life. Opinions were asked for the following age norms: (1) Descriptive--ages for young, middle-aged, and elderly men and women; (2) Family Life--age a man or woman marries, becomes a parent, and becomes a grandparent; (3) Career Age--age a man or woman becomes settled in a career and retires; (4) Personality--age a man or woman should be most asertive, agreeable and ambitious; and (5) Life-Goal--age a man or woman should be satisfied with life and have a sense of accomplishment. Results of the survey indicated that society had clearly defined ages for these aspects of life. In contrast, there was considerable variation regarding the appropriate age at which one should be concerned about these developmental milestones or how one should manifest various personality traits and characteristics necessary to attain one's goals. This pattern of results indicated that individuals tend to use social age norms to define the age-appropriate behavior of others, but use age norms about personality characteristics to define age-appropriate behavior for themselves. (Extensive tables of results are included.) (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (43rd, Boston, MA, November 16-20, 1990).