Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Finkelstein, Lisa M.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Ageism--Psychological aspects||Stereotypes (Social psychology)||Age discrimination in employment||Aging--Psychological aspects

Abstract

Age discrimination and bias in the workplace is an imperative area of research. Few studies have examined prescriptive stereotyping, and only one study has specifically examined prescriptive age stereotyping. This thesis marks the first investigation into prescriptive age stereotypes in the workplace. Employing an experimental survey design, subjects (n = 383) were randomly assigned to view one of six vignettes. Results indicate that violators of prescriptive age stereotypes are rated less positively than adherers of prescriptive age stereotypes. Further, prescriptive age stereotype information does not necessarily lead to descriptive age stereotype information. Lastly, processes other than prescriptive stereotyping (Expectancy Violation Theory) are discussed. Implications and areas for future research are examined.

Comments

Advisors: Lisa M. Finkelstein.||Committee members: Amanda M. Durik; Alecia M. Santuzzi.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

iv, 122 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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