ERIC Number: ED113540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-1
Attitudes Toward the Aged as a Function of Race and Social Class.
Thorson, James A.
Studies have indicated that subjects with more years of education show a positive attitude toward older persons. The present study investigated the effects of other variables, in this case race and social class, in relation to attitudes toward older persons. A sample group of high school juniors and seniors whose ages ranged from 16 to 18 were given a questionnaire based on the Kogan Attitudes Toward Old People Scale. The subjects consisted of 48 blacks and 50 whites; 46 belonged to the lower income class and 52 to the middle income class. The results of the study showed almost no effect on attitudes toward older people based on race and social class. Combining data from this study with a previous study giving a total of 194 subjects showed a relationship between number of years of education and a more positive attitude towards the elderly. The tabulated scores and a list of references are included. (EC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (27th, Portland, Oregon, November 1, 1974)