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Children's descriptions of and attitudes toward the elderly
Author(s)H Thompson Fillmer
Journal titleEducational Gerontology, vol 10, nos 1-2, 1984
Pagespp 99-107
KeywordsChildren ; Attitudes to the old of general public ; United States of America.
AnnotationChildren's literature and television presents older people in a generally unfavourable light. The purpose of this American study was to investigate whether children demonstrated the same stereotypes of older people that are depicted in the media. Findings indicated that intermediate grade pupils do generally stereotype older people. The children selected favourable adjectives to describe photographs of older people. However, they indicated that they would prefer to associate with young rather than old adults. In general, boys ranked women higher than men, and girls ranked men higher than women. RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930517024
ClassmarkSBC: TOB: 7T

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