ERIC Number: ED298384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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What Do Adolescents Know about Aging?
Steitz, Jean A.; Verner, Betty S.
Increasing the amount of contact with older persons is often proposed as a way to inform young people about aging. This study compared adolescents' knowledge of aging with the amount and quality of contact they had with an older person and compared knowledge of aging in a 1978 sample of adolescents with knowledge in a 1985 sample. For the 1985 sample, questionnaires were administered to students (N=213) in four high schools. Subjects were asked if they had contact with an older person, their relationship to that person, and the older person's gender and place of residence. Knowledge was assessed by the Facts on Aging Quiz. Of the 206 respondents who reported having contact with an older person, 80% chose a grandparent to evaluate and 8% chose a great-grandparent. The 1985 sample answered only 57% of the knowledge questions correctly, indicating that they had a great deal of misinformation or lack of information about aging and older adults. Profiles of the responses on individual items from the Facts on Aging Quiz revealed qualitative differences due to gender, degree of contact, and changes over time in the nature of the adolescents' knowledge of aging. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).