ERIC Number: ED313637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Older Adults' Level of Knowledge about Old Age Using the Facts of Aging Quiz.
Atkins, Arleen J.
The Facts on Aging Quiz (FAQ) has been used in different studies to assess the level of knowledge about old age. It contains 25 factual statements concerning basic physical, mental, and social facts and the most common misconceptions about aging. One purpose of this study was to identify the most frequent misconceptions in a group of older adults toward their own age cohort. Another purpose was to measure indirectly their bias toward the aged. The FAQ was given to 57 adult subjects who ranged in age from 42 to 90, with 39 subjects answering all questions. The results suggest that older adults do not have as broad a range of negative stereotypes of aging as does the general population. The older adults did not see themselves as unable to change and often bored, as did the other populations reviewed. These adults tended to resist seeing the decline of physical function as a natural reflection of the aging process by denying that all five senses tend to decline with age. Although those with a high school diploma or less showed more anti-age error than did those with more education, the number of pro-age errors was most marked in the group with some college education. There were no significant differences on total scores or on bias scores between sex or educational level. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Facts on Aging Quiz