ERIC Number: EJ1137635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Attitudes, Perceptions, and Aging Knowledge of Future Law Enforcement and Recreation Majors
Kurth, Maria L.; Intrieri, Robert C.
Educational Gerontology, v43 n6 p313-326 2017
The present study assessed knowledge of aging, ageism, and attitudes toward aging in undergraduate recreation and law enforcement majors. Past research with psychology, social work, and nursing majors showed that greater knowledge of aging was related to fewer ageist attitudes and beliefs. The results showed that law enforcement students possessed greater knowledge of aging, and endorsed fewer ageist attitudes, beliefs, and stereotypes than recreation majors. Correlations between knowledge of aging and subscales of the Fraboni Scale of Ageism were significant for both groups. Group differences were also noted on the ASD-Instrumentality subscale and FSA Discrimination subscale. The results suggest that the infusion of information on growth and development through the lifecycle was not evident for recreation majors. Discussion focuses on the importance of incorporating information about adulthood and aging and identifying other factors that may promote more positive attitudes toward older adults in these majors.
Descriptors: Law Enforcement, Recreation, Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Aging (Individuals), Correlation, Social Bias, Positive Attitudes, Stereotypes, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level, Attitude Measures, Student Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Older Adults, Semantic Differential, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Facts on Aging Quiz; Aging Semantic Differential