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Age, sex, and contact with elderly adults as predictors of knowledge about psychological aging

Peterson, J.L., Hall, L.C. and Peterson, C.C. (1995) Age, sex, and contact with elderly adults as predictors of knowledge about psychological aging. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 26 (2). pp. 129-137.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/EUX3-K0QH-XU0E-1YAE
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Abstract

Using an instrument developed in the United States to assess students' knowledge of mental health in old age, the present study tested 179 Australian undergraduates who varied in age, sex, and the frequency of their contact with aged people at home, at work, and in the neighborhood. As predicted, women scored higher than men and scores rose with age and with contact when age was partialed out. Unexpectedly, Australian students averaged two more items correct than the American students for whom the test was developed. Implications for teaching are considered.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Sage
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/34355
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