Ageist attitudes' effect on quality of care for older persons


Lauren Koier

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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Jay Chrostowski, PsyD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Ageism--United States; Gerontology; Nursing home care--United States


The origin of ageist behavior is unidentifiable. Whether it develops as a result of an unpleasant encounter with an older person, lack of knowledge or contact with the population, or from conforming to social stereotypes and stigmas of Western individualist cultures, the damage caused by ageism is definite. Quality of care is compromised when ageist beliefs begin to affect job performance within the nursing home setting. The objective of this research was to further investigate the effects of these beliefs on patient satisfaction with their overall care. Based on past literature, it is expected caregivers will express a more negative view toward older persons. In conjunction, residents will rate their overall level of care as less than satisfactory.


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