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ERIC Number: EJ1137634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Children's Stereotypes of Older Adults: Evaluating Contributions of Cognitive Development and Social Learning
Lineweaver, Tara T.; Roy, Ashley; Horth, Madison
Educational Gerontology, v43 n6 p300-312 2017
Past research has investigated the development of stereotypes surrounding race and gender in children; however, there is a lack of literature examining the development of children's stereotypes of older adults. In this study, 163 children from four grades: first (n = 44), fourth (n = 49), fifth (n = 35), and eighth (n = 35) completed a new trait-rating questionnaire assessing their stereotypes of older adults. Children's stereotypes of older adults were largely positive. Younger children described older adults in more positive, but more stereotyped, ways than older children. Older children's views shared a stronger relationship with those of their parents and peers compared to younger children. Together, these results support both cognitive development and social influences as contributing factors to the formation of children's stereotypes of older adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Grade 8; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana (Indianapolis)
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