International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010


Ageist stereotypes by aging people: real factor structures and psychometric properties of two early questionnaires

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010 - Pages 259-278


Carmen Luisa Castellano Fuentes , Adelia de Miguel Negredo


Today, ageism study doesn?t use tests that assessed this attitude 30 years ago, and there is not any defnition for this -ism. 112 older adults (94 female and 18 male), who were living in the community, were asked to complete two of these tests assessing aging perceptions. The present study shows real factor structures for both instruments, comparing them with original structures. Reliability, temporal stability and convergent validity data are included. Ageism have positive and negative cognitive factors, like Jano, with 63% of variance and Cronbach?s alpha of 0.63 for positive atti-tude big factor and 0.46 for negative attitude big factor. Gender differences appeared for last factor (female scored higher than male). These results support the viability of two old instruments to assess real attitudes, and give evidence for duality and multifactorial composition of ageism.

Key words:

ageism, older adults, assessment

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