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Wybrane uwarunkowania postaw osób u progu dorosłości wobec starości i seniorów
Selected Determinants of Attitudes of Emerging Adults towards Old Age and Seniors

Author(s): Anna Nierzewska, Anna Gurba
Subject(s): Psychology, Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: elderly people; emerging adulthood; attitudes towards elderly people; ageism; gerontophobia

Summary/Abstract: The number of elderly people in the population is constantly increasing. The seniors’ wellbeing relies heavily not only upon the activities they undertake but also on the attitude of the society toward them. Of particular importance is the attitude of the emerging adults, because it is at this stage that the process of the identity formation takes place. The aim of the study was to discover the state of knowledge, attitudes, and the frequency and quality of contacts with elderly people among the emerging adults. 180 students (87 women and 93 men) aged 18–25 (M = 22.5) participated in the study. The following tools were applied: the author’s own questionnaire to measure the contact frequency and quality, the Kogan’s Attitudes Towards Old People, and the Palmore’s Facts on Aging Quiz. Emerging adults have proven to hold ambivalent attitudes toward old people. A signifi cant correlation has been found between the knowledge and the attitudes. The frequency of contact with elderly people was negatively correlated with the intensity of the negative attitude. The quality of contact with elderly people differentiates the emerging adults’ attitudes.

  • Issue Year: 23/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 55-69
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish