ERIC Number: ED113541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-27
Reference Count: 0
Variations in Attitudes Toward the Aged Held by Selected Groups in the Southern United States.
Thorson, James A.
A three-part study has been conducted over the past several years to isolate and describe correlates of attitudes toward the elderly. The paper briefly summarizes the first two parts of the study and concentrates on its concluding portion. Data from the first part of the study indicated that younger and more well-educated subjects displayed more positive attitudes toward the elderly. Data from the second part of the study showed little relationship between the variables race and socioeconomic status and attitudes toward the aged. The third part of the study tested for relationships between personality characteristics and attitudes toward old people. It was hypothesized that persons high in the trait of nurturance would have more positive attitudes toward the elderly. Data collected using the Edwards Personal Preference Scale showed positive attitudes correlated with high scores for the traits of intraception, nurturance, and endurance. However, demographic factors seem to be more important determinants of attitudes toward old people than are the personality items. Data indicate that females, subjects who are older, and subjects having a higher number of years of education have more positive attitudes toward old people. A list of references is included. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Congress of Gerontology (10th, Jerusalem, Israel, June 27, 1975)