ERIC Number: ED154258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Helpless Self-Attitudes of the Elderly: The Effect of Patronizing Statements.
Romaniuk, Michael; And Others
The purpose of the study was to increase staff awareness of negative attitudes and decrease patronizing statements emitted during a geriatric day treatment community meeting. Tape recorded pre and posttest patterns of staff and client patronizing statements were measured. The intervention consisted of staff training involving awareness of the production and impact of these statements on elderly attitudes and behavior. Results indicated that both staff and clients direct patronizing statements to elderly clients (staff markedly more than clients). The frequency of these statements by both staff and clients decreased after staff training. These results were interpreted as demonstrating the relation between elderly self-attitudes and corresponding staff attitudes and statements. (Author)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Attitude Change, Individual Power, Interpersonal Relationship, Negative Attitudes, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Program Descriptions, Research Projects, Self Concept, Staff Development
Frances W. Hoyer, Department of Psychology, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Box 27, University Station, Syracuse, NY, 13210.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)