B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
Attitude change of approximately 200 undergraduate students' attitudes towards the elderly was assessed. To measure attitude change a modified version of the Kogan Attitudes Toward Old People Scale (1961) was administered to college students at the beginning and end of the semester. The three courses varied in content regarding older adults and the aging process. The aging and the family class focused entirely on aging and required contact with an older adult. The human development class focused on the lifespan and included a segment on aging, while the child development class acted as the control group with no course content related to aging. Data were summarized, and findings suggest that attitudes significantly improved after taking the aging and the family class.
Funk, Heidi L., "Attitude change of college students toward older adults" (1999). Honors Capstones. 200.
Northern Illinois University
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