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ERIC Number: EJ876822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Adult Age, Gender, and Race Group Differences in Images of Aging
Foos, Paul W.; Clark, M. Cherie; Terrell, Debra F.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v167 n3 p309-325 Sep 2006
Younger and older African American and Caucasian American adults, who were matched by age ("M" age = 40.63 years), completed a survey on perceptions of aging and subjective age. The 2 groups did not differ in the age they considered someone to be old ("M" age = 74.5 years). However, when asked which age was the happiest age, African Americans chose a significantly younger age ("M" age = 18.26 years) than did Caucasian Americans ("M" age = 31.32 years), and this racial group difference interacted with age differences such that older Caucasian Americans named an older age than did younger Caucasian Americans. The authors found no such age difference for African Americans. When asked if old age was a happy time, 60% of Caucasian Americans answered "yes", whereas only 2% of African Americans answered "yes". These and other differences in images and concerns of old age and subjective age suggest a far more negative view of aging for African Americans and a need for changes in the provision of positive information about aging for this group. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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