ERIC Number: ED149212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
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Changes in Adolescents' Perception of the Aged.
Olejnik, Anthony B.; LaRue, Asenath A.
Changes in adolescents' perceptions of people over 60 years old occurred following two months of daily intergenerational contact in a naturalistic setting (i.e., the school lunch period). Sixth-, seventh-, and eigth-graders' perceptions of the aged became less negative and stereotyped. Boys had more negative stereotyped perceptions of the aged than girls, and the girls indicated greater willingness to interact with the elderly. The girls changed their perceptions of the aged more than the boys, while younger adolescents changed their perceptions more than older adolescents. Results and suggestions for future research are discussed in terms of previous studies on intergenerational contact and racial prejudice. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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