ERIC Number: EJ1162111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Racial Differences in Attitudes toward Aging, Aging Knowledge, and Contact
Intrieri, Robert C.; Kurth, Maria L.
Educational Gerontology, v44 n1 p40-53 2018
The present study assessed knowledge of aging, attitudes toward aging, ageism, and contact with older adults in a sample of 271 Non-Hispanic White and African-American undergraduates. Research examining racial differences in knowledge of aging, attitudes toward aging, ageism, and contact with older adults has been sparse. Results for the current study demonstrated a significant correlation between knowledge of aging measured by the Facts on Aging Quiz-Revised (FAQ-R) and attitudes toward aging measured by the Aging Semantic Differential (ASD) for Non-Hispanic Whites but not African-Americans. In contrast, correlations between the FAQ-R and the Fraboni Scale of Ageism (FSA) were significant for both groups. Significant group differences were also noted for the ASD-total score and "ASD-Instrumentality subscale" as well as for the FSA-total score, "Antilocution," and "Discrimination" subscales. Discussion focuses on the importance of identifying cultural and contextual factors that have been neglected in the "one size fits all" approach to promoting more positive attitudes toward older adults across different racial and ethnic groups.
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Aging (Individuals), Aging Education, Social Attitudes, Older Adults, White Students, African American Students, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level, Student Surveys, Semantic Differential, Likert Scales, Hypothesis Testing, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Beliefs, Educational Gerontology, Intergroup Relations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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