Brief Report. Reactions to ageing among Australian psychologists

Koder, Deborah-Anne, and Helmes, Edward (2008) Brief Report. Reactions to ageing among Australian psychologists. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27 (4). pp. 212-214.

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Objective: to assess attitudes towards personal ageing among Australian psychologists.

Methods: six hundred and four practising psychologists were surveyed using the Reactions to Ageing Questionnaire (RAQ). Potential predictors of attitudes to ageing, such as age, gender and number of years in clinical practice were examined, together with the amount and quality of contact with older family members and older friends. Measures related to the training of psychologists were also of interest.

Results: the strongest significant predictors of attitudes to ageing were respondents' age and positive attitudes towards conducting therapy with older clients. Contact and training variables were not associated with scores on the RAQ.

Conclusion: these results highlight age as a contributing factor in attitude formation.

Item ID: 5847
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: curriculum change; ageism; attitudes; contact hypothesis; personal ageing; psychologists
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 23:07
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 75%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 25%
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