Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1981

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Child Development

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the attitudes of kindergarten children toward personalized and nonpersonalized elderly. The Children's Attitudes Toward the Elderly, CATE (Jantz, Seefeldt, Galper, & Serock, 1976) was revised by the experimenter for the present study and was administered individually to 41 male and 41 female kindergarten children (age range = 64 to 77 months). Parental attitudes toward aging were assessed by a 10-item semantic differential checklist taken from the revised CATE. Pearson Product Moment correlations, chi-square analyses, and two-tailed matched-pair t-tests were performed on the data. The results of this study indicated that (1) children's sex was significantly related to their attitudes toward the elderly; (2) children demonstrated a significant preference for basing their pictorial recognition of age on physical-descriptive cues; and (3) a highly significant correlation between children's attitudes toward personalized and nonpersonalized elderly suggests the existence of a common attitude response system in young children with respect to attitudes toward the elderly. Results were discussed and limitations of the study and implications for future research were considered;References;Jantz, R. K., Seefeldt, C., Galper, A., & Serock, K. The CATE: Children's attitudes toward the elderly. Test Manual. College of Education, University of Maryland, 1976.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-4671

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Karl Edward Fernandes

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI8128815

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

159 pages

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