Age Differences in Age Stereotypes : The Role of Life Domain and Cultural Context

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1063394236
ORCID
0000-0003-2595-9579
Affiliation
Institute of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
De Paula Couto, Clara;
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1306427878
Affiliation
Institute of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Ostermeier, Ronja;
Affiliation
Institute of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Rothermund, Klaus

We examined the domain-specific views of young and old people held by young (18–30 years, n  = 278) and older adults (60–85 years, n  = 289) in Germany, the USA, and India. Views about old and young people differed between life domains but were mostly similar across age groups and countries. Older adults in the USA and Germany – but not in India – held slightly less negative views about old people than did young people in some domains, possibly indicating a projection of better-than-expected own aging experiences of older adults into their in-group stereotypes in Western countries. The findings of our study can be explained by socialization processes, supporting mostly a developmental perspective regarding the acquisition and endorsement of age stereotypes.

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