Attitudes of children toward older persons: What they are, what they can be

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Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Ageism, a negative attitude toward older persons, a fear of growing old, is an integral part of U.S. culture today (Butler, 1975). Attitudes of children and adults toward older persons have varied across cultures with time. In cultures where few reached old age, where older persons owned the land or the means of production, acted as religious or political figures, and were the bearers of knowledge, they were respected and powerful despite senescence. In industrialized societies, where many persons attain old age, attitudes toward older persons have tended to be more negative (Barrow, 1979).

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The School Counselor, 29 (4), 281-289
Language: English
Date: 1982
ageism, children, attitudes

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