ERIC Number: ED413095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Children's Views on Aging.
Newman, Sally; Marks, Ronald
This manual for the Children's Views on Aging (CVOA) questionnaire describes the instrument and administration and scoring procedures, details the analyses used in a study of childhood attitudes toward aging, and discusses instrument development. The CVOA is comprised of six sections. Section 1 elicits information about the cognitive and emotional components of children's beliefs about aging. Section 2 asks children to give information on elderly people they actually know and their contact with them. Sections 3 and 6 consist of semantic differential scales to determine the range and content of children's stereotypes regarding older and younger people. Section 4 asks children to identify the oldest person they know, describe that person's feelings about being old, and describe their own relationships with grandparents and great-grandparents. Section 5 investigates children's attitudes regarding older persons as classroom resources. The CVOA may be given individually or in groups to students in grades 3 to 6. Sections 3 and 6 are especially useful when given as a pre-post assessment for students involved in intergenerational programs. Three appendices present response categories for the open-ended questions, analyses used for each question in a study of childhood attitudes toward aging, and information on how the instrument was developed. (Contains 13 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Generations Together.