Dimensions in Attitudes Toward the Aged


  • Edro I. Signori
  • Dorcas Susan Butt
  • John F. Kozak


A description of attitudes toward the aged is based on a factor analysis of ratings by 456 participants, aged 14 to 40, on 69 bipolar variables. The five major dimensions emerging and subsequently used to describe the aged are: Integrity, Fortitude, Social Appeal, Dependableness and Open-mindedness. Initial ratings on the 69 variables arc, for the most part, strongly in the socially desirable direction yielding a very positive portrait of the aged. The results suggest a necessary reconsideration of the negative social images of the aged imparted within much literature on gerontology.




How to Cite

Signori, E. I., Butt, D. S., & Kozak, J. F. (2012). Dimensions in Attitudes Toward the Aged. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 14(2). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/60310



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