ERIC Number: ED259283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
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Perceptions of Job Competence in Older Workers.
Drew, Benjamin; Waters, Judith
Although inflation has forced many older persons to find part-time employment or to continue working past their anticipated retirement age, stereotypes of aging may hinder the acceptance of older persons in the workplace. It is particularly important to assess attitudes toward the elderly in a working class population who will first feel the impact of increased numbers of older workers in the labor force. Since very young workers and retired persons seeking employment are both competing for the same low-status jobs, it is also important to assess the attitudes of young people toward the elderly in the labor force. In an attempt to examine these attitudes, low-income, working class Puerto Rican adults (N=43) and high school seniors (N=55) living in New Jersey were asked to complete a questionnaire which covered perceptions of job competence, physical ability and illness, cognitive functioning, power, and social and sexual activity. Subjects estimated the percentage of older men and of older women they felt exhibited the trait or behavior in question. The results indicated that there were significant differences in perceptions between male and female subjects and between high school students and adults. In general, students, more than working adults, considered older workers to have poor coordination, accidents, and problems learning new methods. Students also thought older workers were overpaid, frequently absent because of illness, and too costly for employers. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984). For related research, see CG 018 383.