ERIC Number: ED255828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sources of Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Aging: A Comparative Study of Cohort Differences.
Kluge, Nancy A.; And Others
Traditional stereotypes and attitudes about the elderly are of interest to both researchers and health care providers. Misconceptions about the elderly and the sources of these misconceptions were examined in undergraduates (N=150) and in elderly subjects (N=50). Subjects completed the Miller-Dodder revision of Palmore's Facts on Aging Quiz One followed by a question with nine response categories that allowed the participants to rank up to three sources of information used in answering the preceding questions. Subjects also expressed their attitudes about themselves, older men, and older women, on a seven-point semantic differential scale. The results indicated that both undergraduates and elderly participants shared misconceptions about aging, with the most common misconceptions being in the areas of health care and personal habits. Both groups cited personal experience and casual observation as the most frequent source for both misconceptions and correct perceptions of the elderly; neither group reported the media as a major source. Both groups saw themselves very positively. Elderly subjects had positive views of older people and had more positive attitudes toward older men. The undergraduates expressed neutral views of the elderly, with a somewhat more positive attitude toward older men. This finding did not support the notion that younger groups stereotype the elderly. (A table summarizing the incorrect responses to the Miller-Dodder questions by age group is included.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).