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Respecting our elders: evaluation of an educational program for adolescent students to promote respect toward older adults

Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Rizzuto, Laura and Gruner, Alan 2015, Respecting our elders: evaluation of an educational program for adolescent students to promote respect toward older adults, American journal of orthopsychiatry, vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 181-190, doi: 10.1037/ort0000041.

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Title Respecting our elders: evaluation of an educational program for adolescent students to promote respect toward older adults
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
McCabe, Marita
Rizzuto, Laura
Gruner, Alan
Journal name American journal of orthopsychiatry
Volume number 85
Issue number 2
Start page 181
End page 190
Total pages 10
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2015-03
ISSN 1939-0025
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychiatry
Social Work
respect
adolescents
older people
COLLEGE-STUDENTS
NURSING-HOME
YOUNG-ADULTS
ATTITUDES
KNOWLEDGE
PEOPLE
SKILLS
FACTS
QUIZ
Summary The current project explored issues related to respect for older people, and then developed, implemented, and evaluated an educational intervention program for adolescents to raise understanding and improve attitudes toward older people. In Study 1, 46 focus groups were conducted, with participants (n = 211) drawn from older people, carers of older people, and adolescents to inform on issues related to the expression of respect to older people. The emergent themes were used to inform the design of the educational program delivered to adolescents and evaluated in Study 2. A total of 118 year-9 students were allocated to an intervention or control condition. The intervention group participated in 4 educational sessions focused on developing understanding of and respect for older adults, and promoting positive interactions with older people. Participants in both conditions completed measures of knowledge and attitudes to aging to determine whether the intervention had effected change at post-program and at 6-months follow-up. Analyses indicated significant improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and social skills related to older people in the intervention group compared to the control group. The findings from these studies provide a better understanding of what constitutes respect for older people, and a method for improving this in adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1037/ort0000041
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, American Orthopsychiatric Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30076524

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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