ERIC Number: ED229171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perceptions of the Elderly.
Rosenwasser, Shirley Miller; And Others
A study was made primarily to investigate attitudes of preschool children toward older and younger people. In addition, the age discrimination ability of preschool children was assessed, and the possible relationship of this ability to performance on a seriation task was explored. Quantity and quality of each child's contact with adults over 60 years of age was also measured. A total of 47 children 3 to 5 years of age attending a private school participated. Subjects were individually shown four sets of photographs and asked nine attitude questions, such as "Which person would you want to read you a story?" Age discrimination ability was assessed by children's responses to pictures of models from a catalog, seriation was investigated with sticks of varied length, and contact with elderly adults was determined by a questionnaire sent home to parents. The sign test was used to examine the significance of the direction of eight of the nine questions in which children were more likely to select younger rather than older persons. Ability to correctly order pictures by age was significantly related to performance on the seriation ordering task. Correlations between quality and quantity of contact and choice of older adults on attitudinal questions tended to be negative. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (San Antonio, TX, April 21-23, 1983).