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Stereotypes of Old People Persist: A Swedish Facts on Aging Quiz in a 23-year Comparative Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (The Social Gerontology Group)
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, ISSN 1652-8670, Vol. 2, no 1, 33-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2005, as well as in 1982, almost 90 percent of Swedes subscribed to the stereotype that retirement pensioners suffer from loneliness and more than half of Swedes also believed that pensioners suffer from boredom and dissatisfaction with life.

Little seems to have changed for the better, or even impaired with regard to the images of the psychological conditions of pensioners, at the same time as Swedes have become somewhat more knowledgeable about the physiological material conditions associated with aging. This follows from a 2005 follow-up of a Swedish Facts on Aging Quiz, first given in 1982. The comparatively stable pattern of stereotypes over the 23-year period indicates that stereotypes - in old, well-known or permutated forms - will prevail as long as their ageist roots do. The changes observed indicate the possibility of a future pattern of stereotypes, which combines an exaggerated "positive" image of retirement pensioners' health and wealth, with associated envy of the" greedy geezers", and pity for their lonely and meaningless lives.

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2007. Vol. 2, no 1, 33-59 p.
Keyword [en]
Attitudes, ageism, stereotypes, old people, discrimination, social gerontology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-72974OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-72974DiVA: diva2:100885
Available from: 2007-08-06 Created: 2007-08-06 Last updated: 2010-10-08Bibliographically approved

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