Title: Young adults' attitudes toward older adults
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00103057/00001
 Material Information
Title: Young adults' attitudes toward older adults the influence of contact with a "most familiar" older adult, intimacy, and young adult demographics
Physical Description: ix, 181 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Malec, Michael J. ( Dissertant )
Archer, James ( Thesis advisor )
Miller, David M. ( Reviewer )
Pitts, James ( Reviewer )
Amatea, Ellen ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
Subjects / Keywords: Counselor Education Thesis, Ph.D.
Dissertations, Academic -- UF -- Counselor Education
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Abstract: The research area of attitudes toward older adults is becoming increasingly relevant. This is because of the prevalence of ageism and the approaching senescence of the U.S. "baby boom" generation. In this study, the young adult/"most familiar" older adult relationship and its influence on a young adult's attitudes toward older adults in general (i.e., all individuals 65 years and older) is examined. In this study, 171 male and female college students between the ages of 18 and 35 completed a questionnaire assessing the quality of contact and quantity of contact in a young adult's relationship with a "most familiar". The young adult's attitudes toward the "most familiar" and his/her attitudes toward older adults in general, were also assessed using the 32-item Aging Semantic Differential (ASD). A second self-report instrument, the 17-item Miller Social Intimacy Scale, was used to assess the degree of social intimacy experienced in the older adult relationship. Social intimacy is a specific type of intimacy which is described as being similar to friendship. Respondents were also asked to provide information regarding their age, race, gender, and any co-residency experience with older adults. Regression analysis and t-test results ultimately revealed that social intimacy (one aspect of quality of contact) was a significant predictor of a person's attitudes toward a specific familiar older adult. Significance was also found in the associations between social intimacy and attitudes toward the large out-group, older adults in general. Results also indicated that quantity of contact and a young adult's race are significant in predicting attitudes toward older adults in general.
Statement of Responsibility: by Michael J. Malec.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Florida, 2005.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
General Note: Printout.
General Note: Vita.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00103057
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 003397204
oclc - 664557925

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