Self-reported ageism in social work practitioners and students.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this study, we focus on self-reported ageism in college students and social service providers using the Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE; Cherry & Palmore, 2008). The ROPE is a 20-item questionnaire that measures positive and negative ageist behaviors that people engage in during everyday life. Participants included undergraduate and graduate social work students and practicing social service providers in the nursing home and mental health setting. Findings indicate that people of varying educational backgrounds and occupational experience in social services readily admit to positive ageist behaviors. Item analyses revealed similarities and differences between groups in the most and least frequent forms of ageism endorsed. Ageism as a social phenomenon with implications related to social work policy and practice is discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Allen, PD; Cherry, KE; Palmore, E

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 124 - 134

PubMed ID

  • 19197635

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-4372

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01634370802561927


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States