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ERIC Number: EJ950597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Empathetic Responses and Attitudes about Older Adults: How Experience with the Aging Game Measures up
Henry, Beverly W.; Ozier, Amy D.; Johnson, Amy
Educational Gerontology, v37 n10 p924-941 2011
This study aimed to assess the impact of pre-professional education on students' knowledge and attitudes about aging, including the option of a simulated learning activity. Using a mixed design, groups of nursing and nutrition students (n = 127) were randomly assigned to experience the Aging Game. Pre- and posttest observations included measures of anxiety, attitude and empathy. In the Aging Game, students played the role of an elderly adult with common physical disabilities during various scenarios and then reflected on the experience. As a result, students became more familiar with what being an older adult felt like, and increased understanding and empathy. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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