ERIC Number: ED210653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Reading Attitudes and Problems of the Elderly.
Carsello, Carmen J.; Creaser, James W.
A group of 106 elderly adults in the Chicago, Illinois, area participated in a study undertaken to identify the reading attitudes of older adults or their difficulties in reading. Each was administered the Survey of Elderly Reading Attitudes (SERA) consisting of 75 items designed to elicit attitudes, recognition and comprehension problems, different reading behaviors, and physical and psychological difficulties involved in reading. The results were compiled for groups separated by sex, age, and years of education. The findings revealed that, in general, females read better than males and the younger group read better and had fewer physical and psychological problems with reading than did the older group. The results also indicated that the higher the educational level, the better the reading skills and attitudes of the subjects. There was evidence of widespread recreational reading and survival reading skills for most adults. The results showed that most of the mature adults who filled out the inventory considered themselves good readers. The study suggests that reading contributes more to the educational and recreational accomplishments of the aged who are better educated than to those with less schooling. (Tables of the survey results are attached.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (2nd, Sarasota, FL, December 10-12, 1981).