Negative stereotyping of older nurses despite contact and mere exposure: the case of nursing recruiters in Western Australia

Gringart, Eyal, Jones, Bronwyn, Helmes, Edward, Janz, Janis, Monterosso, Leanne, and Edwards, Mary (2012) Negative stereotyping of older nurses despite contact and mere exposure: the case of nursing recruiters in Western Australia. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 24 (4). pp. 400-416.

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Abstract

Ageist attitudes have been identified across different industries. The nursing profession has a high proportion of older workers. As this facilitates regular contact with, as well as exposure to, older nurses, it may be expected to show less ageism. This study investigated 163 Western Australian nursing recruiters' attitudes toward older nurses. Results showed clear evidence of both negative and positive stereotyping of older nurses. Nursing recruiters indicated that they would be more than likely to hire older nurses and that age was less relevant in making hiring decisions. These findings suggest that enhancing the employability of older workers does not necessarily change ageist attitudes. This is relevant to policy formulation, attitude change interventions, and the well-being of older workers.

Item ID: 24346
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-0821
Keywords: sterotypes; nursing; recruitment; ageing
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2013 23:57
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 80%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing @ 100%
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